Cebu City bans sale of liquor during community quarantine

Ryan Macasero
Cebu City bans sale of liquor during community quarantine
There is also a city-wide curfew between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu CIty Mayor Edgar Labella banned the sale of liquor throughout the city for the period of community quarantine from March 16 to April 14. 

This was done to discourage people from gathering in bars and clubs for the duration of the quarantine.

“It shall be prohibited that managers of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other establishments of the same nature sell, furnish, offer, buy sell, liquor intoxicating substances in any place within the city of Cebu,” the EO read.

Cebu City already began implementing precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus prior to imposing the quarantine. However, many were still going bars and other public places in complete disregard of social distancing.

Under community quarantine, all residents are advised to stay in their homes, except for necessary travel such as work; buying groceries, food, or medicines; or going to the hospital.

There is also a city-wide curfew between 8 pm and 5 am.

As of March 16, there are still 18 patients under investigation in Central Visayas.

Of the 140 confirmed cases, 122 are currently admitted to hospitals. Of these, 5 are under home quarantine, 2 have recovered, and 11 have died.

Since the outbreak began, at least 122 Filipinos outside the country tested positive for the virus as of Saturday, March 14.

The global death toll has reached 5,796, with 3,199 of the fatalities in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau). The number of cases worldwide has risen to more than 154,620 with more than 80,844 of the infections in China .

The virus has spread to at least 139 countries. –


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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at