According to an order issued by the state excise department, the home delivery of liquor in the state started from Friday, excluding Mumbai. The decision was taken to avoid overcrowding at liquor shops amid the lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many witnessed a half-km queue outside shops across the state after the sale was allowed on May 4.
In order to curtail the spread of coronavirus and avoid overcrowding, the state government has allowed home delivery of liquor. 23 of the 36 districts in Maharashtra have been allowed to run liquor shops amid the lockdown.
The order reads, "The home delivery of liquor will commence from Friday across the state, where the shops are already opened in the non-containment zones. One shop owner cannot appoint more than 10 delivery persons and one delivery person cannot carry more than 24 bottles of permitted liquor in one time."
In a sigh of relief to the consumers, the administration stated that the shop owners should not charge over and above the MRP printed on the bottle.
As per the guidelines, retail shops are allowed to operate between 10 am and 6 pm, while maintaining social distancing and hygiene standards.
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GUIDELINES FOR RETAILERS
⦁ Only one order can be delivered at once and not more than 25 units can be delivered by in a day.
⦁ Retailers need to get passes persons from the Excise Superintendent of Police or the Deputy Superintendent of Police for the delivery people.
⦁ Identity cards will be issued for a limited period.
GUIDELINES FOR CUSTOMERS
⦁ One can place an order via SMS, WhatsApp, SMS or by directly calling up the shop.
⦁ Customer must hold a permit to order alcohol.
⦁ One can get a permit from the state excise department website.