The Parañaque City government on Wednesday shut down TAV Resto Bar in Barangay BF Homes for violating health and safety protocols.
Police, in coordination with the city´s Business Permit and Licensing Office, raided the establishment along Aguirre Avenue around 8 p.m. Tuesday and caught more than 15 individuals drinking liquor.
“Consumption of liquor and other alcoholic and intoxicating drinks outside of one’s residence is strictly not allowed in Paranaque during the general community quarantine,” said Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
The police operation followed a tip off from residents that the establishment violated several local ordinances and health protocols.
Olivarez reminded bar owners in the city there were two existing executive orders imposing the ban on serving liquor and other alcoholic and intoxicating beverages during the GCQ.
While the ban on serving liquor and other alcoholic and intoxicating drinks is in force in the city, business establishments with valid liquor permit can sell but not serve the said drinks from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
BPLO chief lawyer Melanie Malaya said businesses found violating the policy would be sanctioned, which included immediate closure of the establishment.
Malaya has informed bar owners and related businesses in Paranaque that they are not allowed to operate under the current guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and that the city government requires all business establishments to submit a notice of reopening to their office.
She explained that the city government would not tolerate any violation of the liquor ban.
“The BPLO will not hesitate to apprehend, impose sanctions on, and pursue legal actions against business establishments found violating the liquor ban and other relevant community quarantine regulations,” she said.
Malaya also said the regulations issued by the IATF and the city government were geared ultimately towards the promotion of the health and safety of the constituents amid the threats posed by coronavirus disease 2019.
The raid came three days after members of the Makati City police and Southern Police District arrested 34 individuals, including foreign nationals, for violating health and safety protocols during a drinking session in a rooftop bar.
The authorities conducted the police operation following a tip triggered by a Facebook live video of individuals eating and drinking at the Kartel Rooftop Bar in Barangay Poblacion.
In June, the Makati City government shutdown Skye Bar and Restaurant where a celebrity television host and at least 113 other individuals were arrested, also for violating health protocols.