Restaurant-bar operations suspended for lack of special permits



SOME restaurant-bars in Cebu City have been ordered to temporarily cease their activities until they can vaccinate all their workers, including their managers, and obtain special permits.

In addition, the alcohol ban has not been lifted, but restaurants and bars can serve alcohol under certain conditions.

P / Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, deputy director of operations at the Cebu City Police Bureau (CCPO), said on Monday, October 4, 2021 that these resto-bars must comply with both of these requirements before they can re-operate.

Executive Decree 143 issued by Acting Mayor Michael Rama on October 1, 2021 lifts the alcohol ban from October 1 to October 31 as the city went into general community quarantine (GCQ) from GCQ with restrictions. Service establishments such as restaurants can now resume operations but must obtain special permits and should only vaccinate workers.

Parilla said random checks on service establishments found that some had not obtained special permits and had service teams vaccinated.

This prompted Cebu City’s Emergency Operations Center to re-order their operations to be suspended until they can comply with EO 143 requirements, Parilla said.

But the management of these establishments reasoned that it cannot force its workers to be vaccinated. Some of them avoid vaccination because of their religious beliefs, Parilla said citing the leadership.

Parilla said police would continue to roam neighborhoods to drink by the roadside or outside, which under quarantine status and EO 143 is not allowed. (PAC, MPS)


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