The Delhi government has issued an order granting permission to state-run liquor shops to run from 9 am to 6.30 pm in the city. In order to maintain social distancing, the Delhi government has also directed the deployment of marshals at these outlets.
According to a government official, about 150 liquor shops are allowed to open in accordance with the newest lockdown relaxations given by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). There are around 850 liquor shops within the city including those travel by government agencies and personal individuals.
Approximately, there are 850 liquor shops in the city including those operated by government agencies and private individuals.
On Sunday night, in order, the excise department also directed officials to pinpoint those liquor shops which are being operated by private individuals (L-7 licensee) and observe the conditions laid down by the MHA. The three day’s time is given to officials to submit a report.
Till now the government has given approval only to those liquor shops (L-7 and L-8) to run which are being operated by four state-run agencies which are responsible for liquor sale in the national capital.
The officials said, “All liquor shops in malls and markets will remain closed. The government-run shops allowed will operate from 9 am to 6:30 pm. “The four agencies will deploy marshals to make sure that less than 5 people are present at just one occasion at the shop”.
To maintain law and order, the department has asked agencies to coordinate with the local administration and police. According to the order, bonded warehouses are allowed to resume operation from 7 am to 6:30 pm.
The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, the Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited and therefore the Delhi Consumer”s Cooperative Wholesale Store have been granted permission to operate liquor shops in public places, except malls and market complexes.
As per the excise department, the agencies will have to give an undertaking stating that liquor shops being approved to run will fulfil all MHA guidelines.