Quezon City lifts liquor ban, imposes rules on selling

Quezon City will allow the selling of alcoholic drinks starting Saturday, May 16 but still forbids drinking in public places, city hall announced.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Friday, May 15, issued Executive Order No. 31 on the lifting of the liquor ban and imposition of restrictions on the sale of liquor and its consumption.

According to the EO, the selling of alcoholic drinks is allowed only from 1 pm to 5 pm. These drinks may be consumed only inside private residences while the city is under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

The EO also imposes a limit on how many bottles or boxes a person can buy from a high-volume retailer or low-volume retailer per day.

Sari-sari stores, for example, can sell only 6 one-liter bottles of beer per customer per day. Groceries can sell 5 cases of the same product per person per day.

Customers are also required to show a valid government-issued ID before being allowed to purchase drinks for personal consumption.

For buyers who intend to resell or redistribute the beverages, they must present a valid business permit and Licensing Department-issued business permit, or a photocopy of such documents.

The restrictions are as follows:

JUST IN. Quezon City lifts liquor ban starting tomorrow, May 16. Selling allowed from 1-5pm. Consumption only in private homes. | Photos from QC city hall @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/AsrCckfAoL — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) May 15, 2020 

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.

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