Coronavirus lockdown: Private liquor shops in Delhi open today on odd-even basis

Coronavirus lockdown: Private liquor shops in Delhi open today on odd-even basis

Private liquor shops in Delhi opened on Saturday after being shut for over two months during the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

The Excise Department had issued an order on Friday allowing 66 private liquor shops (L-7 and L-9) to open. These private liquor shops will remain open from 9 am to six .30 pm on an odd-even basis.

According to the order, any of those shops placed within a containment zone within the coming days are going to be closed immediately.

There are 389 private liquor shops in Delhi, out of which around 150 are in malls. consistent with the principles of lockdown 4.0, liquor shops in malls aren't allowed to open.

As many as 239 private liquor shops that are not in containment zones are often opened on an odd-even basis.

The excise department says guards are going to be stationed outside every shop; they're going to make sure that social distancing norms are maintained.

If a personal shop is opened on the idea of false information, its license are going to be cancelled, the department's order said.

On May 4 -- at the start of the third lockdown phase -- the govt allowed the reopening of around 150 state-run liquor shops, leading to long queues.

Later, the govt introduced an e-token system that gave customers a selected date and time to shop for liquor, in an effort to avoid overcrowding and long queues.