Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay has ordered the closure of two more establishments in the city for operating illegally and for violating community quarantine policy.
“On the orders of Mayor Abby Binay, personnel from the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) post a closure order at the entrance of Le Bistro’s Dr. Wine ad Kartel Rooftop Bar for operating without the required business and liquor permits, and for violating community quarantine and social distancing protocols,” the city’s public information office stated.
Both establishments are situated at the corner of Jacobo and Algier Streets in Barangay Poblacion.
Mayor Binay reminded business establishments in the city to comply with the safety and health protocols implemented in the city to avoid closure. She said the BPLO is conducting routine inspections on business establishments to ensure compliance amid the pandemic.
The BPLO recently padlocked five other establishments in the city, also for violating quarantine protocols and the Revised Makati Revenue Code City Ordinance No. 2004-A-025.
Ordered closed were Sasa Convenience Store situated at The Beacon Tower 2 at the corner of Chino Roces Avenue and Arnaiz Avenue, Pio del Pilar; a boarding house located at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Mascardo Street; Casa Bambu, also situated in Barangay Poblacion; SMD Laundry Shop in Barangay San Isidro, and Skye Bar and Restaurant in Barangay Bel-air.
City officials stated that the said actions against the establishments were also initiated due to complaints received by the Office of the Mayor and upon the recommendation of the Makati City Police Station.
On June 28, the Makati City police raided Skye Bar and caught the guests, most of them foreigners, drinking liquor and ignoring social distancing rules.
City legal officer Michael Camina said the local government will not tolerate “those who willfully put themselves and others in harm’s way by violating laws and protocols intended to curb the pandemic and promote a COVID-free city and nation.”
“We also call on law-abiding citizens to be vigilant and report to us, through hotline 168 or Makatizen App, any person or establishment violating the law so that they can be held liable and meted with the appropriate punishment as provided by the law,” he said.
The government placed Metro Manila under general community quarantine with restaurants only allowed to operate at 30 percent of its regular capacity. Bars are still prohibited from reopening.