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Makati Mayor Abby Binay ordered the closure and revocation of permits of two resto-bars in Barangay Poblacion, which were found operating past curfew hours and letting customers violate safety protocols during a raid conducted by the authorities late Friday night.

The mayor also warned commercial establishments in the city and their clients that the city government will bring down the full force of the law on violators of city ordinances and safety protocols against COVID-19.

 “We are alarmed by the blatant disregard for the law and cavalier attitude shown by these establishments and their clients. Let me remind everyone that we are still in a pandemic. With the presence of new variants, we need to remain vigilant and observe safety protocols at all times,” Mayor Abby said.

“I will not hesitate to shut down establishments that violate safety rules. Safety comes first. People's lives are at stake here,” she added.

Some 51 individuals of various nationalities were apprehended at the Movida Fashion Food and Club and Royal Club in Barangay Poblacion Friday night for violating the curfew and safety protocols, including physical distancing. Operatives of the Makati Police and Public Safety Department conducted the raids as part of continuous monitoring to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 policies in the city. 

The violators were released after being issued ordinance violation tickets with P1,000-fine each for violating the curfew and safety protocols, according to the police.

Mayor Abby said City Ordinance No. 2020-165 which took effect on August 31, 2020 provides guidelines for the operations of all restaurants and fastfood businesses in the city during the pandemic, with specific provisions for each level of community quarantine. However, bars shall remain closed for the duration of an emergency like the pandemic.

Dine-in services are strictly prohibited when the city is placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine. During Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, a maximum of 30 percent of dine-in service capacity is allowed, subject to strict compliance with the minimum public health standards and social distancing protocols. During General Community Quarantine, a maximum of 50 percent; and Modified General Community Quarantine, a maximum of 75 percent of dine-in service capacity.

The ordinance also provides that restaurants shall be permitted to serve all kinds of food and beverages, including alcoholic drinks, provided that a customer shall be allowed a maximum of any alcoholic beverage with their meals during a two-hour meal.

The allowable amounts of alcoholic beverages are as follows: Two wine glasses of wine per person or maximum of one 750 ml bottle of wine for two diners; two units of 330 ml bottles or two beers by the glass of equivalent amount; and two servings of spirit/cocktail glasses.

Consumption of alcohol “in bulk”, “in pitchers”, “in buckets”, or “in cases” shall not be allowed.

Only those registered as food establishments may serve alcoholic drinks in the prescribed quantity, together with the meal ordered. Patrons shall not be allowed to buy food outside the establishment to accompany the alcoholic beverage. Food ordered for later consumption or take-out food shall not be considered as dine-in meal that can be accompanied by alcoholic beverage.

The ordinance also provides additional safe dining guidelines, including the provision of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizers for personnel, suppliers and customers prior to entry to the establishment. The “no face mask and face shield, no entry” policy shall be strictly enforced, and thermal scanning of personnel, suppliers and customers prior to entry shall be done. Persons with a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed to enter.

Violators of the said ordinance will face the following penalties: Temporary closure for three days and a fine of P5,000 on the first offense; P5,000 and temporary closure for one month on the second offense; and closure for a period of not more than a year 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.

Any person who will consume alcoholic beverage without a meal in any establishment shall be penalized in accordance with City Ordinance No. 2020-152, which bans drinking liquor outside one’s residence during a pandemic or a similar crisis. It 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.

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