The centre has said that the liquor shops can reopen in red , green and orange zones from 4th may. From Monday, except in containment areas. Which were shut down due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Guidelines for opening shops :
However, the centre had not mentioned whether liquor can open in red zones , but a clarification was issued. Saying that the liquor and pan shops can open, ensuring minimum distance of 6 feet social distancing. And a minimum of 5 people at a time in the shop, guidelines by the union ministry of home affairs.
All the 6 metro cities– Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad have been designated hotspots”. Those which come under the red zone due to the large number of Corona virus cases.
The Delhi government has asked all liquor shops run by its departments to provide details about standalone shops that can reopen. The Delhi government has made it binding for all alcohol shops to maintain and inspect social distancing.
International Spirits and Wines Association of India Chairperson Amrit Kiran Singh said the group, which symbolizes definite liquor brands, has devoted to the Centre that social distancing will be observed. “As soon as the latest guidelines come into force, we will begin a programme called ‘Safe Shield’, under which signs will be put outside all shops about social distancing,” he said. “Sanitizers will be fixed outside the shops and will further continue contactless sales through trays kept at the counter.”
Restrictions in Different states :
The Maharashtra government simplified in an order on Saturday night that shops selling non-necessary products will not be granted permission to reopen in four out of 14 “hotspot” districts in the state, these districts are Mumbai, Mumbai (Suburban), Thane and Pune. Shops within the boundaries of the Malegaon municipal corporation will also remain shut.
Whereas in Kolkata, the state excise department has not issued any formal notification, the ministry of home affairs order on Friday, allowing liquor off-shops to open in green, orange and even red zones, has lifted the lockdown-convinced restriction.
The excise department has also advised off-shop owners to tell buyers about the new MRP of the liquor. The excise department has already revised the prices of liquor by 30% earlier this month.