Masks and social distancing are mandatory and liquor outlets in malls and containment zones will continue to remain shut.
Chennai Liquor Shops To Reopen On Tuesday 2020, Can Serve 500 People A Day
Liquor shops in Chennai will reopen on Tuesday after nearly five months since the lockdown was imposed.
A statement from the state government said the shops will remain open from 10 am to 7 pm and only 500 people will be served at each shop every day through a token system.
Masks and social distancing are mandatory and outlets in malls and containment zones will continue to remain shut.
In May, a day after these shops were opened in the rest of Tamil Nadu outside Chennai, the Madras High Court ordered their closure as large crowds started gathering outside them, violating social distancing norms and guidelines given by the court including issue of receipts and delivery against Aadhaar details. However, the Supreme Court finally agreed later.
The government had lost a daily liquor sale revenue of ₹ 90 crore across the state since March. The state had recorded more than ₹ 30,000 crore.
Even after a 50 per cent dip in cases, Chennai sees around 1,000 new coronavirus cases daily with districts neighbouring Chennai showing a spike. Chennai has 11,498 active cases and a total of 1,16,650 positive cases. The state’s tally has crossed 3.38 lakh with 54,019 active cases.
Social media is abuzz with comments slamming and welcoming the government decision.
Aarti Boaz, an academician, said, “I feel it’s very irresponsible of the state government to open liquor shops when the COVID-19 death count has been rising steadily over the past few weeks. The last time the liquor shops were opened, all the social distancing rules went out of the window. How will it be any different this time?”