On April 24, 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) ordered that from April 25, 2020, shops providing non-essential goods and services could re-open. The latest order from the government also allows standalone shops and registered neighbourhood shops to start opening again. But does this relaxation of lockdown rules mean that liquor shops are allowed to reopen?
#COVID19 update— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) April 24, 2020
All registered shops regd under Shops & Establishment Act of respective States/ UTs, including shops in residential complexes, neighborhood & standalone shops exempted from #lockdown restrictions.
Prohibited: Shops in single & multi brand malls pic.twitter.com/NNz9abgWdA
The official announcement of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) states it clearly that the sale of liquor will continue to stay prohibited. Wine shops haven't been given instruction to open just yet as it has been reportedly specified in the national directives for the coronavirus pandemic in India. Even though non-essential goods and services have been exempted from the lockdown rules in India has been allowed now, it requires people to practice social distancing and maintaining 50% worker strength, whereas, non-essential shops around coronavirus hotspots and containment zones shall remain to stay closed.
●Sale by E-commerce companies will continue to be permitted for ESSENTIAL GOODS ONLY.— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) April 25, 2020
●Sale of liquor & other items continues to be PROHIBITED as specified in the National Directives for #COVID19 management.
NO SHOPS to be permitted to open in hotspots/containment zones
Market complexes, except those within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, are allowed to open.— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) April 24, 2020
Mandatory: 50% strength of workers, wearing of masks & observing #SocialDistancing
Relaxations not applicable in #Hotspots/containment zones