Establishments were recently closed due to violation of the liquor ban. Most include resto bars, videoke bars, and pubs – especially those along the beaches of Sto. Niño Norte and Sur in Arevalo.
“I have ordered the closing of establishments who violated our city’s ordinance in serving alcoholic drinks even if our city is still under GCQ. I am very disappointed because I personally took time to explain to the restaurant groups and associations the need to stop serving alcoholic drinks,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas in a social media post.
It may be recalled that, under General Community Quarantine, a liquor ban is deemed necessary.
“When we allowed the serving of alcoholic drinks months ago, we found out that the cases went up. Drinking session with a group has become a mode of transmission. In one case, we traced up to 20 plus positive cases in one area because they were drinking together. The cases in Europe and the US started to increase when their bars and pubs started opening. With all of these happening, why is it hard for restaurant and bar owners to follow the law? If we will have a spike in cases because of these violators, we will then be forced to lockdown our city again,” he adds.
Moreover, in an update, Treñas announced that he has issued closure orders to the following:
- Seventy N Coffee Plus Drinkery Restaurant
- Daff Resto Bar
- On Tah Numtah
- Wellken’s Beach Resort
- Kanto Bistro Food Park
- Linda’s Abacajin Beach Resort, Inc.
- Ron Ron Inn
- MM’s Beach Resort
- Brewery Gastro Pub
- Lechonera de Ilongga Foodhaus
- District 1422
- X Cue Billiards
- Kwennel Resto Bar
- Lannai Grill
- Pigadong Sosyal
- Kap’s Resto
- Happy Touch KTV
- Ciela Resto KTV Bar
- El Calle Resto
Four establishments were also closed due to no business permit:
- Hungry Belly
- Little Farmer’s Coffee Brim
- Mang Tinapay
- Love & Kisses Pizza
“It is with a heavy heart that I made the decision, but no one is above the law, and there is a great need of everyone’s cooperation in order for us to win against COVID-19,” Treñas concludes.