Delhi government launches exercise to open liquor stores in non-containment areas

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government launched an exercise on Saturday to open stores in those areas where such activity is permitted in accordance with the latest guidelines issued by the Interior Ministry.

The special tax department has directed four government-run agencies, which are responsible for selling liquor in the city, to identify such outlets that meet all the conditions prescribed by the ministry of internal affairs.

However, liquor stores will not be allowed in the COVID-19 containment areas.

and the Transportation Development Corporation, Delhi State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation, Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited and Cooperative Wholesale Store, have the rights to open liquor stores in public places except in centers commercial.

Agencies were asked to provide the details immediately and also agree to declare that the liquor stores they are authorized to open will meet all conditions prescribed by the MHA, according to the excise department.

There are around 450 liquor stores, except those in shopping malls, in the national capital.

In the latest guidelines issued by the Interior Ministry, the sale of liquor, tobacco will be allowed after guaranteeing a minimum social distance of six feet, while no more than five people will be allowed inside a store at a time.

These stores should not be located in markets and shopping malls in urban areas.

In rural areas, all stores can remain open without distinction between essentials and non-essentials.

However, the consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc., is not allowed in public places during closure.

On Friday, the Center decided to extend the ongoing blockade in two weeks from May 4.

In an order, the Union Interior Ministry said the decision was made after a thorough review of the COVID-19 situation.