State liquor stores in Delhi to operate from 9 am to 6:30 pm

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government issued an order allowing state liquor to operate from 9 am to 6:30 pm in the city, and directed the deployment of sheriffs at these outlets to maintain social distancing.

According to a government official, around 150 stores have been allowed to open according to the latest lockdown relaxations by the Interior Ministry (MHA).

There are around 850 liquor stores in the city, including those run by the government and individuals.

In an order Sunday night, the excise department also ordered officials to identify liquor stores, which are run by individuals (L-7 license), and to comply with conditions set by the MHA. Officials have been asked to submit a report within three days.

So far, the government has allowed only liquor stores (L-7 and L-8) to operate, which are run by four state agencies responsible for liquor sales in the national capital.

All liquor stores in shopping malls and markets will remain closed. Government-run stores will allow 9 a.m. to operate. M. At 6:30 p.m. M. The four agencies will deploy agents to ensure there are no more than 5 people at a time to purchase, the official said.

The department has asked agencies to coordinate with local administration and the police to maintain law and order.

Pursuant to the order, customs warehouses have been allowed to resume operations from 7 am to 6:30 pm.

The Delhi State and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Delhi State Civilian Supply Corporation Limited and the Cooperative Wholesale Consumer Store of Delhi have received permission to open liquor stores in public places, except shopping malls and market complexes.

According to the excise department, agencies will have to commit to declaring that liquor stores that are open can meet all MHA guidelines.