With lockdown continuing for more than 40 days, tipplers have become desperate for liquor. Many incidents of alcohol lovers flouting social distancing norms while queuing up outside liquor shops were reported across the country. A similar incident was seen at Uttarakhand's Nainital where people were seen standing in a queue to buy liquor at a shop despite the rain and hailstorm.
In a video on social media platforms, people were seen braving a hailstorm to buy alcohol at a shop on Mall Road in Nainital. People were seen waiting for their turn in a long queue amid heavy rain and hailstorm. Some were seen with umbrellas while others were confronting the harsh weather without any protection.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Uttarakhand has registered around 60 COVID-19 cases so far with one death due to the virus.
In Delhi, hundreds of people were seen waiting in long queues despite Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's administration levying a 'special corona fee' of 70 per cent on MRP of alcohol.
The Minister of Home Affairs has allowed the sale of liquor, tobacco, paan after ensuring social distancing norms are followed. A maximum of 5 persons should be allowed at one time at any shop, an MHA order said. The order also mentioned the consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco is not allowed in public places during the lockdown.
Here's everything to know before stepping out to get liquor:
(Edited by Vivek Dubey)
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