Liquor home supply allowed in Mumbai`s non-containment zones; no across-the-counter sale

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New Delhi: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday (May 22) determined to permit home supply of liquor in Mumbai, besides in containment zones, stated an official assertion, including that over-the-counter sale won’t be allowed. Earlier, the liquor sale was fully banned in Mumbai, which is worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak within the nation. 

The BMC order, which can come into impact from midnight at this time, stated, “E-commerce platforms may be utilised by the liquor shops permitted to do home delivery.” 

It additional stated, “Amendment in pointers in respect of liquor retailers promoting liquor in sealed bottles be permitted to function by promoting liquor to the purchasers by effecting supply in view of Extension of lockdown and revised pointers on the measures to be taken for containment of COVID-19.”

BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, nevertheless, stated, “excluding the containment zone, the liquor shops selling liquor in sealed bottles can be permitted to operate by selling liquor to the customers by effecting delivery of the permitted liquor to the home address of the customer.”

The BMC Commissioner directed that “The jurisdictional State Excise Officers and Ward Officers will ensure compliance of these orders.”

He additionally cautioned that “action under the relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Section 188 of Indian Penal Code will be initiated against the defaulters.”

Earlier this month, the BMC had allowed the opening of liquor retailers however withdrew the order as folks weren’t following social distancing norms.

Maharashtra at this time, nevertheless, recorded the very best spike of two,940 COVID-19 circumstances in a single day, taking the entire variety of constructive coronavirus circumstances to 44,582. Mumbai too witnessed as many as 53 new COVID-19 constructive circumstances within the Dharavi space at this time, and the entire variety of constructive circumstances enhance to 1,478 with 57 deaths, based on the BMC.