To slow down the transmission of COVID-19 in the city, the local government of Muntinlupa will be enforcing a liquor ban during all levels of community quarantine and a stricter home quarantine pass system.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi on Thursday approved City Ordinance 2020-111, ordering a city-wide liquor ban for the duration of all levels of community quarantine as determined by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
It aims to prevent opportunities of city residents to socialize and to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Under the ordinance, the sale, trade, delivery, and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Muntinlupa, with a penalty of P5,000, suspension or revocation of business permits, and one-year imprisonment for violating establishments.
Individuals who will consume liquor during the ban will be fined P500 for first offense, P1,000 for second offense, and P2,000 for third and subsequent offenses.
When violators are minors, the fines shall be charged against their parents or guardians. They will get a stern warning for first offense, withdrawal of scholarship grants from the local government or P500 (for a non-scholar) for second offense, and P1,000 for third and subsequent offenses.
Muntinupa City Council Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro said the liquor ban will only be lifted if the city is no longer under any community quarantine.
He said the City Council decided to impose stricter regulation on alcoholic beverages because many residents still violate quarantine and health protocols despite the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases.
Corro added that the measure also responds to the call of the national government and medical frontliners for stricter home quarantine measures.
Members of the Muntinlupa Police, Public Order and Safety Office, City Security Office, Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau, Business Permits and Licensing Office, and Barangay Chairpersons shall take the lead in enforcing the liquor ban.
Local homeowners' associations, including security guards, will also be deputized to augment operations.
The local City Council also passed ordinances imposing a tougher implementation of the home quarantine pass system and curfew hours during the Enhanced and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine levels.
Q-pass holders in the city are required to bring a government-issued ID for verification and can only purchase essential goods from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.
Establishments and homeowners’ associations are mandated to inspect quarantine passes from persons entering or exiting their premises.
Violators of the Q-pass system may face penalties of up to P1,000.
Curfew hours in Muntinlupa during ECQ and MECQ have been reverted to 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Authorized Persons Outside their Residence (APOR) and other individuals determined by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield are exempted from the curfew.
Curfew violators may face penalties of up to P1,000 and withdrawal of scholarship grants from the local government if they are minors.
As of August 6, Muntinlupa City has 1,849 confirmed cases with 1,035 recoveries, 736 active cases, 78 reported deaths, 971 suspect cases, and 726 probable cases.