March 3, 2024

City Mayor Benjamin Magalong last week issued Executive Order 171, s. 2020 laying out policies on social gatherings and modified liquor ban up to Dec. 4.

For private social gatherings and other non-work related occasions done indoors and other closed venues, the place should be inspected by the City Health Services Office (CHSO) personnel and approval must be secured from the City Mayor’s Office. All standard basic health protocols should be observed.

Occasions in private homes are allowed, as long as barangay officials are given prior notice, with the implementation of basic health protocols such as wearing of face masks and shields and frequent hand washing.

For non-work related occasions, it is encouraged that only immediate family members are present. They should not be immune-compromised or should have no underlying health conditions.

The sale, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages, distilled spirits, and liquor shall be regulated in retail establishments within Baguio, and prohibited from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Said products consumed incidental to dining are allowed in inspected and accredited dine-in establishments and only for the duration of operating hours.

For beer and wine, a maximum of four individual servings per diner is allowed. For distilled spirits or liquor products, a maximum of two bottles where the volume of beverage is one liter or less and one bottle where the volume of the beverage is more than one liter are allowed.

For beer servings in public other than those inspected or accredited dine-in establishments, liquor consumption is likewise prohibited from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

For the safety of customers in dine-in places, managers, and proprietors should completely monitor their staff and customers for compliance to minimum public health standards and hygiene within their establishments. There shall be no sharing of utensils, glasses, tumblers, and condiments.

The order is carried out through the Baguio City Police Office, barangay officials, CHSO, Permits and Licensing Division, Public Order and Safety Division, and Special Services Division offices with utmost consideration for order, safety, and security of the persons involved.

The Barangay Health Emergency Response Team may also be called upon to assist in monitoring compliance to health standards. – Julie G. Fianza