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COVID-19 WATCH

Baguio bans liquor

Aldwin Quitasol

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BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio City Council has approved a resolution banning the sale of liquor in the city during the Luzon-wide quarantine imposed by the national government to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The issuance of the resolution followed numerous reports of residents having drinking sprees in their houses which the councilors said defeat the purpose of requiring people to stay home.

All members of the council authored the measure aimed at ensuring compliance with social distancing.

Moreover, the councilors pointed out that drinking alcohol lowers the body’s resistance to infection and makes a person susceptible to pneumonia and respiratory illnesses.

The imposition of the temporary liquor ban in the city hopes to compel people to observe social distancing to prevent the possible spread of the deadly virus in the city which has 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases with one death.

The city government warned establishments violating the resolution that they face suspension or outright revocation of business permit depending on the gravity of the offense committed.

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