The Muntinlupa local government has enforced a three-week liquor ban and unified curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until April 4 to stem the further transmission of COVID-19.
The lockdown protocols took effect yesterday, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said, as part of the city’s tighter COVID-19 response efforts.
Fresnedi is set to sign an amended ordinance prohibiting the sale, trade, delivery, and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic beverages in the city.
Under the updated ordinance, violating business establishments shall be slapped with suspension of business permit and closure for one week for first offense and revocation of business permit or license for second and succeeding offenses.
Individuals who will violate the liquor ban will be meted with a P2,500 penalty for first offense and P5,000 for second and succeeding offenses.
Violators who are government employees will face administrative charges, with penalties.
Penalties for minors shall be charged against their parents or guardians and those who are part of the local scholarship program may lose their grant.
Members of Philippine National Muntinlupa, 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.
As of March 14, Muntinlupa City has 5,891 confirmed cases with 5,492 recoveries, 222 active cases, 177 reported deaths, 67 suspect cases, and 414 probable cases.