Members of the Quezon City Task Force Disiplina raided the D’Meet Up restobar Friday night and arrested 16 customers for violating health protocols amid the pandemic.
Task Force Disiplina head Rannie Ludovica told reporters that they received numerous complaints from concerned citizens that the nightspot on Roosevelt Ave. in Barangay San Antonio has been operating until early morning without regard for health protocols. Contact tracing forms were reportedly not being filled out by customers and the joint serves unlimited alcoholic beverages as if the health situation has normalized.
D’Meet Up is the fourth restobar raided by Task Force Disiplina.
Ludovica said the restobar may be closed temporarily for not gathering contact tracing information of their customers.
“Yung pinakamabigat po dito, yung section 14 ng regulation ng GCQ (general community quarantine), each establishment magkaroon ho ng contact tracing. Yun ho ang mas mabigat, at talagang permanent closure yun (The bar is in big trouble for violating section 14 of GCQ regulations which requires each establishment to gather contact tracing information. That’s their biggest violation and the penalty is permanent closure of business),” he added.
While some employees of the restobar were seen to have no face masks during the raid, Ludovica noted that D’Meet Up restobar was functioning as a bar, which is still not allowed in the city during GCQ. It also did not practice social distancing.
“Sa GCQ, bawal pa po ang bar. Ngayon sa restaurant, pinapayagan pa po sila with the maximum of, per person, of 5 botlles of beer with meals. Pero nakita naman natin dito, hindi meals, pulutan (In areas under GCQ, bars are still prohibited. Restaurants are allowed to serve a maximum of five bottles of beer per customer and which should be served with meals. Here, they do not serve meals. They serve finger food that goes with beer),” Ludovica said.
The Task Force Disiplina chief said there are restobars in Quezon City that are continuously violating health protocols and have already identified them.