Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has issued an executive order (EO) still banning drinking of liquor in public.

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The prohibition on the selling and consumption of liquor is one of the highly controversial issues since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) took effect in Cebu.

As part of precautionary and health measures against Covid-19, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella banned the selling and public consumption of liquor last March 16.

Now, Labella has issued an executive order (EO) still banning drinking of intoxicating liquor in public. The new executive order, however, is silent on the selling of liquor unlike in earlier EO that included a ban on selling.

The most recent EO is also extending the quarantine duration to May 15, 2020.

Mayor Edgardo Labella, in his Executive Order 073 issued Tuesday, April 28, said: “a total liquor ban in all public places is hereby imposed within the City of Cebu upon the effectivity of this order.”

“As such, it shall be prohibited for any person to drink intoxicating liquor in any public place within the City of Cebu during the entire period of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ),”the EO added.

In addition, even before the ECQ was implemented, most LGUs already had municipal laws prohibiting alcohol drinking in public areas, including highways, streets, sidewalks, and alleys, including in public plazas and parks. Before the ECQ, it was still illegal to do so, and back then, violators had to be disciplined.

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