Mumbai Shut Down All Liquor Shops; Delhi Adds 70% Corona Fee To Alcohol Price

Hanima Anand |May 06, 2020

These two movements show the government’s determination in limiting the consumption of alcohol in the country. Check details of the announcement!

From today, all liquor shops in Mumbai will be closed per the order from Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Only essential services are allowed to remain open, including groceries, medical or chemical shops.

Liquor Shops In Mumbai
Queues at liquor shops in Mumbai when they were re-opened earlier this week.

Due to the fact that people in Mumbai gathered in large crowds in front of liquor shops which could hardly be controlled by the authority, Mumbai government has decided to shut down all alcohol stores to limit the possible spread of coronavirus.

The Municipal Commissioner emphasized that those groups of people buying liquor would waste all the efforts of lockdown and virus prevention.

“The downward trend is yet to set in and gathering of crowds in large numbers without following social distancing will be detrimental to the control of spread of the virus and the advantages of the lockdown will be lost to the gathering of people in large numbers.”

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With around 400 new cases confirmed daily in Mumbai at the moment, the order to close all liquor shops is of utmost importance to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, in Delhi, the price of alcohol rises by 70% after the authorities decided to impose a “Corona-fee” on retail price of this product.

Unlike Mumbai, Delhi chose a different approach which hits consumers’ wallets rather than banning them to buy liquor.

Delhi Liquor Shops
The situation in Delhi liquor shops is nothing more optimistic.

Liquor shops in Delhi are open from 9 am to 6:30 pm from yesterday. Given the risk of virus spread when large gatherings were found at these stores, Delhi authorities have ordered a 70% special fee on the suggested retail price of this product.

Though this might not prevent all people from thronging liquor shops, it somehow limits the number of buyers gathering at one time.

So, which approach do you prefer?

Leave your comments in the box below so we can discuss the problem.

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