Online liquor home delivery in Mumbai, Pune: Maharashtra government has allowed the home delivery liquor in the state during the lockdown period.
Liquor home delivery Pune, Mumbai: The Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has issued an order, allowing home delivery of liquor during the lockdown period, thus becoming the first state in the country to approve such a move.
The state Home Department has issued guidelines to be followed by shops while delivering liquor. It said that shops should designate a person for home delivery only and that the person should undergo a health check up to ensure he is not infected with the coronavirus. Once the Covid-19 test is done, the excise department will issue an identity card for the person before he starts delivering the orders. The person will have to wear masks and carry hand sanitizers.
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The service shall be open from 10 am on May 14. The gome delivery will not be allowed into containment zones.
“Maharashtra government hereby permits the licensee holding the licensees in form FL-II, FL/BR-II, FL/W-II, as appended to the Bombay Liquor Rules 1953, to sell the IMFL – Spirits, Beer, Mild Liquor, Wines, to the permit holders by effecting delivery at the home address of the permit holders, subject to the conditions,” the notification issued by the Home Department said.
Maharashtra Government Excise department has allowed home delivery of liquor with certain guidelines and precautions which are to be followed during the home delivery. pic.twitter.com/mi3gqzR1Yi
— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2020
The development is significant as it comes in the backdrop of tipplers gathering in large numbers outside liquor shops across the state to buy their quota, defying the social distancing norms.
Notably, the state excise department has already decided to start an online token system on a pilot basis for sale of liquor in Pune to avoid crowding at shops. Under the new system, a person can get a token by registering on the state excise departments website and then go to the shop to buy liquor.