CEBU CITY –– The city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has created a task force to monitor malls and commercial establishments and ensure they are following health protocols against COVID-19.
City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy implementation manager of the EOC, said the task force has 16 members who oversee the various activities in the city.
The EOC task force, he said, checks malls and commercial establishments during the day, while the Cebu City Police Office and the Prevention, Restoration, Order, beautification and improvement (Probe) watch over the night.
“We are not here to make it difficult for them because we know times are tough. Rather, it’s a way to help them because following all the protocols is the only way to save ourselves and prevent the reversal of our quarantine status, ”Garganera said.
The city government has issued show cause orders to at least 10 business establishments in recent weeks for allegedly violating certain health protocols.
On June 19, authorities arrested 122 customers of a restaurant and bar in the city for allowing the entry of more than double its capacity of 60 customers.
Col. Josefino Ligan, director of the Cebu City Police Bureau, said customers also violated the curfew since it was already past 11 p.m. when the operation was carried out.
The arrested clients were taken to a detention area in Barangay Cogon Ramos and later released after paying a fine of P 500 each.
Garganera said bar management would also be asked to explain their violations.
“Because what he did was blatant, we could approve the revocation of the establishment’s liquor license. This should serve as a lesson for anyone who ignores our safety protocols during this pandemic, ”he said.
Garganera said the establishment’s license to serve alcohol will be suspended while an investigation is conducted.
In Cebu City, violators face an administrative fine of P 500 for the first offense, P 1,000 for the second and P 3,000 or 30 days in jail for the third offense according to the court.
Cebu City is under modified general community quarantine, the most relaxed form of quarantine in the country.
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