Taguig City Mayor Lino Edgardo Cayetano has ordered the closure of La Picara restaurant in Bonifacio Global City for allowing television host Raymund Gutierrez to celebrate his birthday and engage in a social gathering, a clear violation of health protocols during the pandemic.
“We will continue our efforts to ensure that establishments and their clients act responsibly during this time of pandemic,” said Cayetano in a statement.
Personnel of the city’s Business Permit and License Office shut down the establishment upon the directive of Cayetano.
BPLO officials said that a negative swab test conducted on the guests of Gutierrez wasn’t an excuse for the restaurant’s violation.
Mayor Cayetano assured that establishments in the city that endanger the health and safety of their customers and employees will be engaged immediately, and repeated violators will be closed down.
“We will not allow a few irresponsible establishments to compromise our efforts in making Taguig a model community for living in the new normal. We will strive to implement health and safety protocols so that businesses in Taguig can thrive,” said Cayetano.
He said the local government has been in constant dialogue with BGC, Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC) officials, and other stakeholders.
Despite being an economic and commercial hub catering to all of Metro Manila, there are five active cases per 100,000 population in Taguig compared to 24 active cases per 100,000 population in the National Capital Region.
Taguig consistently has the lowest active cases per 100,000 population in Metro Manila and is comparable to many best practice cities in the world.
“We have been working hard to boost customer confidence in the safety of our malls, restaurants, and other establishments in Taguig. We continue to encourage and support businesses to operate safely and responsibly. This is the only way we can achieve sustainable growth and recover from the previous Metro Manila lockdowns and the ongoing challenges of the pandemic,” said Cayetano.
Last month, Cayetano considered imposing a lockdown following reports that a number of people, households and commercial establishments in the city were holding Christmas parties and other social gatherings amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.
Once the city government imposed a lockdown, movement of all residents will be restricted only to purchase of essential goods; and they must have their Quarantine Pass when going out to buy essentials.