Bizmen and municipal government discuss lifting of alcohol ban

NOW that Bacolod City has already moved to Alert Level 2 in terms of transmission of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the possibility of lifting the partial alcohol ban is now being discussed by local government and the health sector. companies.

Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) general manager Frank Carbon said Deputy Mayor El Cid Familiaran, head of the local interagency working group, assured them he would take the matter up. in front of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). .

Currently, the new Executive Decree (EO) of the Mayor of Bacolod, Evelio Leonardia, stipulates that the sale of alcohol is only possible from noon to 10 p.m., although consumption must be done in private.

Carbon also praised the city government‘s decision to shorten the curfew as it would mean more hours of work, which he said would be good for the economy.

The city curfew is now from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

“This is a welcome development,” he said, adding that “a shortened curfew means there will be more working hours, which would lead to increased sales and the creation of new businesses. jobs “.

As for the national government order requiring on-site workers to be vaccinated, Carbon said they are now coordinating with their member companies if their number of employees is yet to be vaccinated.

Former presidential spokesman Harry Roque said earlier that employees who are not yet vaccinated cannot be fired, but will need to undergo regular reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing. (RT-PCR), or antigen testing, at their own expense.

Carbon said they were coordinating with Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC’s assistant for medical and data analysis, for on-site vaccination among their member companies and other facilities in the city.

This way, he said, employees no longer need to leave their workplace.

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