Liquor ban, stricter curfew hours stay in San Juan despite GCQ
MANILA, Philippines — A liquor ban and stricter curfew hours will still be enforced in San Juan City despite the implementation of a less restrictive lockdown in Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ), San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said Wednesday.
“Ngayon, dahil GCQ (general community quarantine) na, magbabago na ang status ng San Juan pati Metro Manila. Ngunit, gusto ko sabihin sa lahat na yung liquor ban natin, mananatili hanggang Aug. 31. Tuloy-tuloy ang liquor ban natin, bawal bumili at unimom sa public places ng mga alak,” Zamora told reporters at the sidelines of the new coronavirus testing facility at the San Juan Gym.
(Since we are now under GCQ, the status in San Juan as well as Metro Manila will change. But I just want to say that our liquor ban will remain until Aug. 31. Liquor ban will continue which means buying alcoholic drinks and drinking liquor in public places is not allowed.)
“Pangalawa, ang ating curfew mananatiling 8 p.m. hanggang 5 a.m. hanggang Aug. 31. Isinasagawa natin upang siguraduhing kakaunti ang lalabas ng tahanan,” he added.
(Second, the curfew hours will stay from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Aug. 31. We are doing this to ensure that people will stay inside their homes.)
Zamora said the policies are needed to strictly implement home quarantine which will prevent further transmission of the new coronavirus which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Kapag nabawasan natin ang tao sa kalye, mas malaki ang chance na mabawasan ang bilang ng mga positive patients,” the mayor said.
(If there are fewer people in the streets, there is a higher chance that positive patients will decrease.)
The liquor ban in San Juan was lifted when GCQ was first implemented in Metro Manila last May. It was reinstated after the government placed Metro Manila under modified enhanced community quarantine from Aug. 4 until Aug. 19.
To date, San Juan City has 1,494 total COVID-19 confirmed cases, including 56 deaths and 1,078 recoveries.
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