Pune: An owner of two wine shops in Baner and Balewadi was tested positive for coronavirus. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has collected swab samples of 11 employees from his shops and five other contacts. The shop owner has been admitted to a private hospital.
This is the first COVID-19 case involving a wine shop owner in the city after the state government allowed the re-opening of wine shops.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Jaydeep Pawar of Aundh--Baner ward office said, "The shop owner has two wine shops. One in Baner and another in Balewadi. He lives in Shivajinagar. We were intimated by the Ghole Road ward office. While tracing his contacts, we came to know that he used to visit his wine shops. So, we collected swab samples of 11 employees at these shops on Friday. All of them have been quarantined."
He said, "On Saturday, we collected five more samples of people in his contact and sent them for testing. The wine shop owner has been admitted to a private hospital."
The state government allowed to resume the sale of liquor during the lockdown 3.0. There are 182 licensed country liquor, Indian Made Foreign liquor, beer and wine shops with the PMC limits.
Till May 13, 2020, liquor was being sold through shops and customers were queuing up and crowding the shops. Later, the state government implemented the token system on a pilot basis to avoid crowding at these shops. One has to register on the state excise department's website, take a token number for a particular time slot and then visit the liquor shop in their vicinity. The system is not successful as very few liquor shops have been listed on the state excise portal for the system.
Now, the state excise department has started home delivery of liquor. Shops are delivering liquor by observing the guidelines of wearing a mask and sanitising hands. However, this new delivery system is also not getting a good response as per state excise officials.
There are around 616 licensed liquor shops in the Pune district. Of these, not more than 10 shops have registered for home delivery in the district.