Liquor stores open up amid lockdown and citizens are going crazy over to get booze. In many places, it has been seen that crowds are breaking the social distancing norms. The first week of Lockdown 3.0 has been reported with many cases of the massive crowd rushed into liquor stores, also contrary to the norms of Social distancing advisories issued in the public interest.
Executive chairman of The International Spirits and Wines Association of India (ISWAI), Amrit Kiran Singh stated that people have been locked down for 40 long days, suddenly the non-essential service has opened up, people rushed over to get that.
Outside of the Liquor stores, circles have been made to ensure the social distancing to stay up in the queue. The reopening of the liquor shops has comes as they revive the GST revenue, which has been stopped due to an unprecedented crisis.
ISWAI has launched a three-phased approach to the Union government to assure the safety to the customers and sellers. It has termed as “SAFE SHIELD”, this will minimize the risk to get infected with the coronavirus.
The first phase of the “SAFE SHIELD” is all the customer has to be sanitized by the shop owners regularly. Also, the employees must have the mask, gloves and provide the products by using trays.
The second phase will provide a microsite for the liquor stores. The retailers can also register with the excise department for these micro-sites. Here the employees will be trained to adhere to safety protocols. The employees will also receive a certificate after this training.
At the final phase of the “SAFE SHIELD,” the Excise Department will allow home delivery of alcohol. Earlier this week, the Punjab government agreed to the home delivery of alcohol. Tamil Nadu State-run liquor outlets also opened for business on Thursday. The West Bengal government is also looking for the home delivery protocol could be adopted.