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93 arrested in QC bar for quarantine violation


Ninety-three people were arrested in a bar in Quezon City before dawn on Friday for quarantine violation, according to a report on 24 Oras News Alert.

Those arrested—employees and customers alike—were made to pay fines.

The Quezon City local government later on identified the establishment as Guilly's Island on Tomas Morato Avenue.

The bar management will face charges of violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

No statement was given by the bar's management.

A closure order has been served on the establishment, the QC LGU said.

Based on guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, bars, nightclubs and other leisure and entertainment centers are not yet allowed to operate in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ). Restobars may only open as restaurants at limited capacity.

Metro Manila is still under GCQ until September 30.

Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Saturday warned restobars, night clubs and karaoke bars operating during GCQ that drinking in public will lead to more cases of COVID-19.

“Binabalaan natin ang mga may-ari ng bar at nightclub na itigil na ang kanilang ilegal na ginagawa dahil mahuhuli at mahuhuli namin kayo,” Belmonte said.

“Inilalagay niyo sa panganib ang buhay ng inyong mga customer at iba pang mga residente dahil ang pag-inom sa publiko ay isa sa mga rason sa pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa ating lungsod,” she said.

Thirty Chinese nationals meanwhile were also arrested at a KTV bar in Makati City.

After their IDs were confiscated and made to pay fines, the Chinese nationals were allowed to go home. —KG, GMA News

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