DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has ordered the reimposition of a curfew and a liquor ban in the city, starting 12 noon October 15, following a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases the past days.

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Mayor Sara Duterte (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Duterte signed Executive Order No. 55, which would enforce a curfew and regulate other activities in the city until December 31.

She said the renewed restrictions were being imposed due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city, which is under a more relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ)

“There is a need to control the COVID-19 cases in Davao City because of the full occupancy of COVID-19 beds in the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC),” the mayor said in her order. 

She said curfew shall be imposed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.  

But the order provided exemptions for government workers, who will be on duty during curfew hours, medical doctors and veterinarians who need to work, workers in public utility companies (energy, water, internet, etc.) conducting construction, maintenance or emergency activities, medical, emergency and disaster cases, and those individuals who will be attending the wake of a family member. 

The order stated that all private offices and establishments employees, whose time in and time out of work fall within the curfew hours, would also be exempted from the order.

The curfew shall cover only individuals. Offices, establishments, places of worship, and other institutions were encouraged to adjust their operating hours accordingly.

The presentation of an employee’s ID of an establishment operating within the curfew hours shall be required for individuals who are inspected on the streets or stopped at checkpoints.

A liquor ban will be also implemented from 7 p.m. to 5a.m. daily, and drinking in public places, such as roads, alleys, open spaces, and other similar places, will be prohibited every day at any given time.

All sari-sari stores must also close from 7p.m. to 5 a.m. every day, while videoke and karaoke inside private property shall be prohibited from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

The order also stated that the Purok Leader may require police assistance at any time of the day to turn off a videoke or karaoke, if the sound volume has become disruptive to the neighbors of the owner of the machine or equipment.

Public venues and establishments that do not have a business permit to operate as a videoke, karaoke or sing-along place shall be prohibited to operate their equipment 24 hours a day.

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