Vigan City imposes liquor ban

VIGAN CITY — The City Government of Vigan is imposing a liquor ban throughout the city effective on Tuesday, March 24 while Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine due to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In Executive Order (EO) No. 15 series of 2020 issued by City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina, he ordered the prohibition of the sale, distribution, and consumption of intoxicating beverages such as beer, liquors, wines, among others until such time that the community quarantine is lifted. 

This was done upon the recommendation of the Public Safety Division and the Philippine National Police and approved by the COVID-19 Task Force in a meeting. 

Earlier, Vigan City already imposed curfew in the city from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. during the duration of the enhanced community quarantine. 

However, there are still reported incidences of liquor intoxication which resulted in vehicular accidents and disturbance of peace. 

“There is a need to control the sale and consumption of intoxicating substance to ensure peace and order, and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of Vigan City,” the EO reads. 

Violation of the provisions of the EO may result in the suspension of an establishment’s permit to operate their business. 

Aside from Vigan City, other local government units in Ilocos Sur that have imposed a liquor ban in their municipalities include Magsingal, Narvacan, Salcedo, San Juan and Santo Domingo.

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