Davao region bans liquor, sets curfew to beat COVID-19

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 06 2020 04:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 06 2020 05:17 PM

A road block was established by the City Government of Davao at the Task Force Davao checkpoint in Barangay Lasang — a measure implemented to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Photo from Davao City Government

MANILA - Davao Region on Sunday banned alcoholic drinks and set a 12-hour curfew to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

"No liquor and any other alcoholic or intoxicating drink shall be sold, served or consumed in public 24 hours of the day during the state of public health emergency," read a memo by the Davao Region COVID-19 Task Force.

During the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, residents "cannot go out of their houses except in cases of emergencies or if going to work in the exempted sectors/frontline offices," it added.

The region's COVID-19 task force also banned public and private vehicles from crossing local government borders, except for the transport of frontline workers.

It directed local governments to provide transport for essential workers, those going to hospitals, clinics or establishments providing basic goods, and passengers stranded in ports and airports.

Davao Region as of Sunday tallied 80 cases of the respiratory disease, including 11 deaths and 21 patients who recovered.

-- With a report from Chrislen Bulosan, ABS-CBN News