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San Juan and Mandaluyong Just Lifted Their Liquor Bans

Drinking in public is still strictly prohibited.
by Andie Estella
May 19, 2020
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The cities of Mandaluyong and San Juan have lifted their liquor bans.

Mandaluyong city enacted a temporary liquor ban on March 17, prohibiting the sale and delivery of alcohol. According to Ordinance No. 777, S-2020, the ban has greatly affected "the livelihood of employees, workers, sari-sari stores, and other small business establishments."

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The ordinance further states that there is "a possibility that if the ban continues, the industry may not survive leading not only to the unemployment and displacement of many employees and workers, but also affecting the benefits that it brings to the Philippine economy."

Meanwhile, the city of San Juan had been under a temporary liquor ban since March 26. According to Ordinance No. 36, the total prohibition of alcohol needed to be relaxed due to economic reasons, "to help retailers and other small businesses."

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Both Mandaluyong and San Juan now allow the buying, selling, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. However, drinking in public places is still strictly prohibited. San Juan's ordinance further emphasized that alcohol consumption is allowed "as long as it is done inside of the house and physical distancing is strictly observed."