COVID UPDATE: INDIA STARTS ALCOHOL HOME DELIVERY, AUSSIE STATES TO REOPEN EATERIES & BARS
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
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In India, the States of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab and Chhattisgarh are the first to take liquor sales online.
On Monday, the Maharashtra government joined the other three states to allow conditional delivery of alcohol to the homes of customers provided they hold valid permits.
In an order issued by Maharashtra state government, licensed wine shops are allowed to sell alcohol online and deliver liquor and wines to permit holders.
The order specified that the sale and delivery of the liquors would be allowed only for licensed premises on specified days and time, provided the permit holder has placed an order for the same.
The wine shops would have to ensure that the liquor delivery workers use face masks and sanitisers regularly in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the government made it clear that doorstep delivery of alcohol is only valid during the lockdown period and would be subject to modifications or cancellations at any time.
Indian media reported that all major Indian states are working on implementing home delivery of alcohol. It is believed that 7 to 8 states will announce the service within the next two weeks.
The move comes a week after the central government allowed liquor shops to reopen and was aghast by the flood of tipplers violating the norms of social distancing.
In Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales will start gradual reopening of pubs and clubs from 15 May Friday.
Pubs and clubs attached to a restaurant can reopen across the three states this Friday if they also serve food.
Each premise can only serve up to 10 customers at any one time so long as proper social distancing is observed.
These restrictions will be removed in June, when nightclubs and cinemas will also be allowed to reopen.
South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania will not reopen restaurants, bars and nightclubs on Friday but will consider reopening in June.
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