New Delhi, India The liquor shops, malls, and markets will reopen on Monday as part of the Delhi government’s phased reopening of the national capital (June 7, 2021).
On Saturday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a slew of changes, including the reopening of markets, malls, and standalone stores in Delhi beginning on Monday.
Liquor stores, malls, markets, and market complexes (except weekly markets) may open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on an odd-even basis, i.e., shops may open on alternate days based on their shop number. Shops selling essential goods, such as educational books and stationary stores, and fan shops in malls, markets, and market complexes, on the other hand, are allowed to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
According to a senior Delhi government official, teams will be deployed to ensure compliance with all COVID-related protocols.
In an order dated June 5, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) directed that all COVID-appropriate behaviour, including the use of face masks and social distancing, be maintained at all malls, markets, market complexes, standalone shops, and neighbourhood shops.
“If any shop fails to uphold the norms of COVID-appropriate behaviour, it will be closed, and its owner may face prosecution under relevant laws,” the order stated.
The alcoholic beverages industry has praised the reopening of liquor stores in Delhi, claiming that it is critical for revenue generation.
“Since there are stand-alone stores, I believe the odd-even rule should be clarified. The first step, however, is to reopen the stores and make them more accessible to customers.”
“I’d also say that the instructions about social distancing and other guidelines should be made clear to all shops,” said Vinod Giri, director-general of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies.
Since Arvind Kejriwal announced the lockdown on April 19, liquor stores, malls, and markets in Delhi have been closed.