Mayor shuts down Makati bar for quarantine violations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — Makati Mayor Abby Binay ordered the closure of Skye Bar on Tuesday, warning similar establishments to strictly follow quarantine restrictions.

In a statement sent by her office, Binay said the posh bar was found "illegally operating and violating laws and protocols" aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Authorities arrested 113 customers, including TV host KC Montero, in the bar on Sunday after they were caught drinking liquor — several of them even violating social distancing rules.

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Makati City remains under general community quarantine, with restaurants and cafes only allowed to operate at 30 percent of its regular capacity. Bars are still prohibited from reopening.

Binay reminded bar owners that they are still not allowed to operate for as long as Metro Manila remains under GCQ. She also said all business establishments are required to submit a Notice of Re-Opening to the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office within three days after reopening.

"As we have repeatedly warned, we will not tolerate those who willfully put themselves and others in harm’s way by violating laws and protocols intended to curb the pandemic and promote a COVID-free city and nation," she added.