NEW DELHI RESIDENTS RUSH TO STOCK UP LIQUORS AHEAD OF G20 "LOCKDOWN"
By Siulan Law Mathews DopWSET
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Liquor shops in India's capital city New Delhi have seen long qeues in recent days as residents rushed to stock up ahead of closures during the upcoming G20 meeting from 8 to 10 September.
To ensure the smooth proceedings of this international event, New Delhi Police have put in place strict security measures, including closure of all liquor shops in the New Delhi Police District during the three-day meeting.
As a matter of fact, the entire New Delhi area will be closed.
Schools, offices, banks and commercial establishments including markets in the New Delhi district will all be closed, which some said resembles Covid lockdown. Some major roads, such as the outer ring road, will also be closed.
Queues could be seen outside liquor shops after news about the closures was announced.
"Like it's an extra public holiday for us. I'm sure there is bound to become a race to procure liquor during these days. Hence, I've already bought four bottles of whisky and two bottles of rum," a New Delhi resident told Hindustan Times.
"I don't want to find that the brands I want were all gone," he added.
As host of this year’s G20 summit, New Delhi is expecting to receive 29 heads of state. Twenty of them from member states of G20 and 9 of them from invited guest states.
Prominent leaders who will participate include US president Joe Biden, Chinese premier Li Qiang and French president Emmanuel Macron.
Additionally, 14 leaders from international organisations will also attend along with senior representatives from the European Union and invited guest countries.
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