Makati bans drinking liquor outside one’s residence during a pandemic, state of calamity

Mayor Abby Binay today said Makati will ban the drinking of liquor outside one’s residence whenever the city is under a state of calamity, public health emergency or similar emergency declarations.

The mayor said the City Council approved Ordinance No. 2020-152 to prevent situations that could further endanger lives during a crisis.

The ordinance takes effect July 14.

The local ordinance aims to protect residents from endangering themselves and others while in a drunken state during calamities and other public emergency situations.

“Drinking in the confines of one’s own home is safer, but it’s best to avoid drinking altogether during a crisis,” Mayor Abby said.

Under the ordinance, first-time violators face a fine of P5,000 while repeat offenders will be imprisoned in addition to being fined P5,000.

The same ordinance prohibits drinking liquor in the point of sale, including stores and other establishments where the product was purchased.

Tenants and guests at hotels, motels, apartments, apartelles, bed and breakfast, transient houses, dormitories, and bed spaces shall be allowed to drink only inside their own rooms or accommodations.

Aside from the errant individual, the person in-charge of said establishments will be held liable for any violation committed in their premises, unless they exercised diligence in prohibiting such an act.

The ordinance imposes a fine of P5,000 on the first offense;

P5,000 or imprisonment for not more than one month, or both on the second offense;

and P5,000 or imprisonment for not more than a year, or both at the discretion of the court, on the third and succeeding offenses.

As this developed, Mayor Abby said the city will clamp down on Makati restobars hosting private dining and drinking parties which are potential hotbeds for spreading COVID-19 infection.

“We’re clamping down on these types of gatherings where it’s difficult, if not impossible, to enforce social distancing,” she said.