Rest-bar operations suspended for lack of special permits
SOME resto-bars in Cebu City have been ordered to stop their business operations temporarily until they can have all their workers including their managers vaccinated and they can secure special permits.
Moreover, the liquor ban has not been lifted, but restaurants and bars can serve liquor under certain conditions.
P/Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operation of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) said that resto-bars need to comply with these two requirements before they can re-operate.
Executive Order 143 issued by acting Mayor Michael Rama on Oct. 1, 2021 lifts the liquor ban effective Oct. 1-31 as the city moved to being under general community quarantine (GCQ) from GCQ with restrictions. Service establishments such as restaurants can now begin reoperations but must need to secure special permits and should only allow vaccinated workers to go to work.
Parilla said that random checks on service establishments revealed that some have not secured the special permits and have allowed unvaccinated service crews report to work.
This prompted the Cebu City Emergency Operation Center to order the suspension again of their operation until they can comply with the EO 143 requirements, Parilla said.
However, the management of these establishments have reasoned out that they cannot force their workers to be vaccinated. Some of them shun vaccination owing to their religious belief, Parilla said quoting the management.
Parilla said the police would continue checking around the neighborhoods for roadside or outdoor drinking, which is not allowed under the quarantine status and EO 143. (PAC, MPS)