Local shops to reopen from Saturday: Will liquor vendors, bars reopen?

In a late-night order on Friday, the federal government allowed shops offering non-essential items and providers to most people to open from Saturday amid the coronavirus lockdown imposed to comprise the unfold of the an infection.

While the opening of the neighbourhood and stand-alone shops have now been permitted to begin their providers from Saturday, the massive query for the individuals in lockdown is that if the liquor shops and bars, too, have been allowed to start their providers.

According to the federal government order, the bars and liquor shops is not going to be allowed to promote or serve alcohol.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued the lockdown relaxations for the shops that come underneath ‘Shops and Establishment Act’. The ministry has additionally clarified that alcohol comes underneath a separate clause and never underneath the Shops and Establishment Act.

No bar promoting liquor has been allowed to reopen.

Earlier, two states — Assam and Meghalaya — allowed the opening of the liquor shops within the first section of lockdown, which was from March 25 to April 14. However, the liquor shops within the two Northeastern states have been ordered to shut down from April 15.

The Central authorities, in its pointers for the lockdown issued on April 15, made it clear that there needs to be a strict ban on the sale of liquor, gutka, tobacco throughout the lockdown.

The authorities on Friday evening allowed the opening of neighbourhood and standalone shops, together with these situated in residential complexes inside municipal areas, however at a 50 per cent power and after taking mandatory precautions.

However, the shops in market locations, multi-brand and single-brand malls situated in municipality areas shall proceed to stay closed until May 3.

The shops which might be being allowed to open from Saturday will mandatorily have 50 per cent power of staff carrying of masks and following social distancing.

No relaxations have been given to the hotspot and containment areas.


The Union Home Ministry on Thursday rejected the Punjab authorities’s request for the opening of liquor shops within the state throughout lockdown.

The request got here after the Home Ministry made it clear in its consolidated revised pointers that no liquor store can be allowed to open wherever within the nation.

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