Delhi Bars and Pubs are set to reopen from September 9 as LG Anil Baijal has approved Delhi government’s order, sources have stated. However, will it be the same again?
Delhi Bars & Pubs To Reopen
Bars and pubs in New Delhi will open from September 9 (next Wednesday) after a 5-month-long hiatus, sources placed in Delhi government have stated. They have informed that Lieutenant General Anil Baijal has approved the Delhi government’s recommendations in this regard.
The move comes as a part of unlock 4 and states like West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu have already reopened bars and pubs, after keeping them closed for more than five months. The Centre had allowed the reopening of bars under the Unlock 4 guidelines issued recently.
The proposal of the Kejriwal government was approved by the Lt. Governor today. After this approval, liquor can be served in the pub / bar / restaurant and hotel in Delhi.
However, these bars and pubs must follow (SOP) standard operating procedure of central government. Delhi government is also likely to issue fresh SOPs in this regard soon.
The news has come as a breather for a nightlife industry that was almost crippled under the lockdown norms as the pandemic broke out in the country. In these five months the bar and pub owners have faced a huge loss, a even though, they are back in business under unlock 5, the business will take a good time to come back on track.
Will it be same again?
Clearly no. The decision on reopening of bars and pubs will be subject to review as the threat of Covid-19 still persists.