Barring containment zones, standalone liquor stores to open across Karnataka from Monday (Details)
New Delhi: In a big respite for tipplers, all standalone liquor stores will open across Karnataka from Monday except in containment zones. Making the announcement Karnataka Excise Minister today said that shops will remain open from 9 am to 7 pm.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has also launched an exercise to open liquor shops in those areas where such activity is allowed according to the latest guidelines issued by the home ministry. The excise department has already directed four government-run agencies, which are responsible to sell liquor in the city, to identify such outlets which fulfil all conditions prescribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
However, liquor shops will not be allowed in COVID-19 containment zones.
The Himachal Pradesh government has also allowed liquor vends to operate in the state from May 4.
This comes after the MHA in its latest guidelines allowed the sale of liquor, paan and tobacco after ensuring minimum six-feet social distancing while no more than five people will be allowed inside a shop at a time. These shops should not be located in markets and malls in urban areas.
In rural areas, all shops are permitted to remain open without any distinction of essential and non-essential. However, consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc., is not allowed in public places during the lockdown.
As per the MHA’s notification, barbershops and salons located in green and orange zones will also be allowed to open from Monday apart from the sale of non-essential items by e-commerce platforms during the third phase of the lockdown which will be in force till May 17.
In red zones, e-commerce companies are allowed to sell only essential commodities.
Sale of liquor, the opening of barbershops and salons were not been allowed during the first two phases of lockdown, which started on March 25. As per the health ministry report, there were 130 ‘Red’ zones in the country with a maximum of 19 in Uttar Pradesh, followed by 14 in Maharashtra while the number of ‘Orange’ Zones was 284 and ‘Green’ was 319.
All the districts of the national capital have been put under ‘Red’ zone.
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