Quezon town reimposes liquor ban to curb rising COVID-19 cases
LUCENA CITY –– The mayor of Tagkawayan in Quezon province has reimposed the liquor ban in the town from May 12 to 31 to curb the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19.
“The IATF (Interagency Task Force) of Tagkawayan, upon its evaluation in the past few days, found out that the common cause of new COVID-19 transmission is through the traditional consumption of liquor, e.g. (everyone sharing) one shot glass, and violating minimum health protocols resulting in the latest upsurge of new cases,” Mayor Luis Oscar Eleazar, explained in his Executive Order No. 57 issued May 12.
A copy of the order was posted on social media.
“The IATF of Tagkawayan has recommended and approved the need for the re-implementation of the liquor ban on public and private places in the view of the public,” Eleazar said.
On Jan. 22, the local government imposed a liquor ban, which was lifted on Feb. 22.
Eleazar also ordered thorough disinfection of the municipal building and all its premises every weekend, and the re-implementation of quarantine passes on residents.
On Wednesday, Tagkawayan logged eight new patients, bringing to 31 the new COVID-19 cases in the town since May 1.
The locality still has 32 active virus carriers, which were only nine last April 30.
The town has recorded 159 COVID-19 cases, 122 recoveries, and five fatalities since March last year.
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