San Juan Mayor Zamora urges city council to lift liquor ban as lockdown eases

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2020 03:10 PM | Updated as of May 16 2020 05:09 PM

MANILA (UPDATE)—San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora has asked city council to approve an ordinance lifting the liquor ban in the city.

In a letter dated May 15, Zamora wrote to the council to include in the agenda on Monday an ordinance seeking to lift the ban on the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

“Ako kasi naniniwala na bahagi ng ating modified ECQ [enhanced community quarantine] is ‘yong slowly normalizing ‘yong buhay ng tao," he told ABS-CBN News.

"‘Yong lifting ng ban will allow people to drink inside their houses. Hindi pa rin talaga puwede ‘yong sa labas ng mga tahanan. So it will be still under the regulations of the city.”

Unlike other cities, San Juan will not limit store operations of liquor stores.

“For me, putting a window on the time to buy is not favorable for us because it doesn’t really matter what time you buy it, as long as you consume it inside your household,” Zamora said.

The city government imposed a liquor ban on March 31 as it grappled with the COVID-19 crisis.

Selling and drinking of alcoholic drinks in public is prohibited while the country is under a state of calamity due to the COVID-19 crisis, it had said.

In Metro Manila, Pasay City and Quezon City have lifted their respective liquor ban as the Philippine capital shifted to modified lockdown.

In the same letter, Zamora asked the council to approve an ordinance expanding coverage of the City Assistance Welfare Center and Public Assistance Center. -- With a report from Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News