Allow Home Delivery of Booze: Liquor Makers Urge Govt After Long Queues Seen Outside Alcohol Shops in Delhi
New Delhi: Liquor manufacturers on Monday urged the Delhi government to allow home delivery of alcoholic beverages as tipplers thronged liquor shops forming serpentine queues ahead of the six-day lockdown beginning this evening in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a six-day lockdown from 10 PM on Monday till 5 AM the next Monday to curb growing cases of COVID-19, a sudden rush of punters was seen outside liquor shops in the capital forming long queues.
Citing Maharashtra, which has also gone through tough restrictions and shops are closed in cities like Mumbai to curb the spread of the pandemic, the state government has allowed home delivery, said Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC). According to CIABC, there was heavy rush outside liquor vends in Delhi after the announcement of a weeklong lockdown.