Liquor ban in MECQ areas up to local gov't units, says Palace

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2020 03:31 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Monday said a ban on liquor in areas that would revert to modified enhanced community quarantine would depend on local government units.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said LGUs have the discretion on the matter as Metro Manila and nearby provinces prepare for a stricter 15-day lockdown that will start Tuesday.

"Ang liquor ban po talaga, lokal na pamahalaan po nag-iimpose niyan. So 'yan po ay imposed on the basis of ordinances," Roque said in a Palace press briefing.

(Liquor bans are imposed by local government units. Those are imposed on the basis of ordinances.)

Aside from Metro Manila, neighboring provinces Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan will also revert to MECQ until Aug. 18 after health workers sought for stricter quarantine measures amid the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

It can be recalled that several LGUs imposed a ban on liquor when Duterte placed the entire island of Luzon under strict lockdown in March.