February 9, 2023

Owners of night establishments admitted they might have to wait for quarantine restrictions to ease up before they can go back to business.
In a consultation called upon by Mayor Benjamin Magalong on July 3, bar owners said reopening their businesses while curfew and tourist restrictions are still in effect would be impractical.
They however agreed to begin preparing for their eventual reoperation by submitting their proposed operation guidelines compliant with the minimum health standards for Covid-19 control and prevention.
The city has over 100 bars, disco or cocktail lounges of which clientele comprised mostly of tourists and locals. They operate until midnight for bars without dancing and 2 a.m. for those with dancing.
Magalong set the consultation which was also attended by officials of the affected barangays as part of the city’s participatory approach to guiding businesses in efforts to revive the city’s economy as it transitions from quarantine to new normal status subject to national guidelines.
City Mayor’s Office Executive Assistant Althea Alberto, City Permits and Licensing Division Chief Allan Abayao, and City Health Services Sanitation Division Chief Engr. Charles Carame facilitated the discussions. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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