The sale and residential supply of liquor will start in Punjab from tomorrow, state’s excise and taxation division stated in an order immediately.
The liquor shops could be allowed to open solely throughout the curfew leisure interval, which is from 9 am to 1 pm, officers stated.
Nonetheless, the timing of supply of liquor might be determined by the respective assistant excise and taxation commissioners in session with deputy commissioners, the order acknowledged.
Although there isn’t any provision of residence supply of liquor within the Punjab Excise Act 1914 and the Excise Guidelines, the choice on this regard has been taken to make sure social distancing within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it stated.
The supply of liquor at individuals’s doorsteps might be allowed solely throughout the lockdown interval, the order stated.
Solely two litres of liquor might be allowed via residence supply to a purchaser in opposition to a money memo.
Folks deputed for residence supply of liquor might be issued id playing cards by the division and they’ll additionally carry curfew cross, as per the order.
Dwelling supply of Punjab Medium Liquor (PML) won’t be allowed, it stated.
At liquor vends, instructions have been issued to make sure adherence to social distancing norms and association of sanitiser, it acknowledged.
No more than 5 individuals might be allowed to face exterior a liquor store, the orders stated.
Liquor contractors who’ve paid 50 per cent of the license price to the state authorities might be allowed to open their retailers, as per the order.
The Punjab authorities had earlier urged the centre to permit opening of liquor retailers within the state to mop up tax income.