Along with extending the lockdown, the government has also allowed the sale of liquor. This liberation has led to long queues outside liquor shops. The population is exited and most are stocking up their alcohol collection before the shops are sealed again.
Some states enabled only a limited number of liquor shops to open — Delhi approved 150—while private shops stayed shut down in the markets and malls. Yet private retail stores emerged in Karnataka, too. Nevertheless, Kerala agreed to hold the liquor stores locked, and Haryana has proclaimed dry zones for certain areas.
Karnataka clocked up on day one of the lifting prohibitions in around 45 crores in liquor sales. A total of 4,200 liqueur shops distributed 3.9 lakh litre of beer and 8.5 lakh litre of IML on Monday, according to the state excise department. Companies producing soft beverages said this week they are in the process of obtaining licenses and beginning production at their distilleries and breweries.
Some are ready to dispatch the liquor. Some liquor producers, however, have confirmed they still expect state approval as they plan to launch operations in factories.
This decision by the government has resulted in people coming in close contact with one another, disrupting the idea of social distancing.