Quezon City lifts liquor ban, imposes rules on selling

Pia Ranada
Stores can only sell alcoholic drinks from 1 pm to 5 pm while QC residents can only consume them at home

LIQUOR BAN LIFTED. Quezon City residents can now buy liquor while on lockdown. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/Agence-France Presse

MANILA, Philippines – 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:

Alcoholic Beverage Volume

Daily personal consumption limit from High-Volume Retailer

(groceries, supermarkets, liquor stores)

Daily personal consumption limit from Low-Volume Retailer

(sari-sari stores, kiosks)

Wine 3L 3 boxes  3 bottles
   1.5L  3 boxes  6 bottles
  750 ml  5 boxes   12 bottles
   375 ml  5 boxes  12 bottles
 Liquor  3L 3 boxes   3 bottles
  1.5L   3 boxes  6 bottles
   750 ml  5 boxes 12 bottles 
  375 ml   5 boxes  12 bottles
 Beer  1L  5 cases  6 bottles
   500 ml  5 cases  12 bottles
   330 ml  10 cases  2 cases



Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.