Amid the unprecedented outbreak of deadly coronavirus as India entered the third phase of lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 disease, liquor shops reopened in red, orange and green zones on May 4. The alcohol shops are allowed to function after more than 40 days with several guidelines that shall be followed. Not only did this result in huge queues outside the shops in various regions across the country, but also flooded Twitter with memes on ‘Liquor shops’. From the choice of alcohol people would buy to the condition of the shop owner, the memes targetted nearly all aspects of shops reopening amid pandemic.
India has been under lockdown since March 25 and the Central government announced an extension until May 17. India has also colour coded the districts in red, orange and green zones based on the severity of the COVID-19 spread. These zones allotted by the Centre would also facilitate phase-lifting of the restrictions.