5 non-essential shops can be operative in each lane.
Amidst the corona pandemic, Maharashtra continues to be the worst hit state in India with almost 13,000 cases and on Sunday itself, 678 new patients were reported by the state health officials. But as the third phase of the lockdown began on May 4, the Maharashtra Government has allowed standalone shops selling non-essential items including liquor stores to operate in certain areas in Mumbai including Juhu, Bandra, Khar and Santacruz.
What's the Update?
Only 5 stores selling non-essential items and wine or liquor will be operative in a single lane to avoid any sort of crowding. But the sale of liquor will not be allowed in malls, restaurants and the containment areas. According to the official orders, only 5 people will be allowed in a shop at one time. Retail wine shops will close at 6 PM and wholesalers will have to shut down their operations at 5 PM.
In adherence to the Disaster Management Act, administrations of Solapur, Aurangabad, Jalna, Buldhana and Amravati districts have decided to keep liquor shops shut. Although several liquor manufacturing and bottling factories located in Aurangabad have been given permissions to resume production, there will be no sales in the district itself.
This piece of order by the Maha Government has prompted people to overcrowd liquor shops in huge numbers for hours and this has also led to the flouting of rules of social distancing by the citizens.
A message to all our readers
Although there are a few relaxations being granted to us even in the red zones, please do not get carried away. Remember that we're still fighting a battle against a deadly virus which is extensively seeping into every nook and corner of the country at a speedy pace. Please maintain the norms of social distancing and keep your contact with the outsiders at minimal levels. Even if you're stepping out for the essentials, do not forget your masks and sanitizers. As much as you'll stay home now, the sooner you'll be able to settle back in the normalcy of your previous routines!