40 days of liquor thirst makes liquor consumers chuck social distancing at liquor shops
Forty days into the national lockdown executed to contain the spread of coronavirus, India allowed liquor shops to open on Monday, resulting in chaotic scenes across cities.
The ministry of home affairs decided to relax lockdown restrictions last week, which allowed liquor shops to open across the country today. It had also asked people to strictly follow social distancing guidelines, while waiting in the queue.
Areas in all states have been categorized as green, orange, and red zones according to which the new 3.0 guidelines have been issued.
However, things were not going right outside many liquor vendors, as massive crowd jammed there to buy liquor after a month. Chalk circles were drawn outside these liquor parlors to obey social distancing, but the efforts wasted as people gathered from the early morning.
The liquor shops are protected with police to make sure there isn’t any haphazard happening but it seems like this idea isn’t working. There are 100 of consumers rushing to get their liquor after a month.
The opening of liquor shops creates haphazard across cities.
There were more than 150 liquor shops opened in Delhi in the third phase of the lockdown on Monday. Long queues were seen outside liquor shops, which led to traffic jams in respective areas, and also sources reported that many were without masks, voting the social distancing guidelines.
A large number of people were seen outside liquor shops in Rajasthan, before the scheduled time, which is 10 am. The excised department ordered that the mobile numbers of these customers be taken for any future actions.
Goa observed people obeying social distancing while staying in the queue outside liquor shops. There was no rush as such by people who wanted liquor. Goa has also adopted to ‘No Mask, No liquor’ policy to ensure social distancing norms.
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