Green Signal For Delhi Bars And Pubs To Reopen From 9 September
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal approved the Delhi Government’s proposal to reopen pubs and bars to serve liquor
Amidst rising cases of COVID19 in New Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government has managed to get a green light from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to open the pubs and bars in the city.
The Delhi government had sent a proposal seeking permission to reopen its bars, pubs, hotels and restaurants and allow the serving and consumption of liquor. A go-ahead has been given by the Lt.Gen’s office, allowing the establishments to function from 9 September.
There will, however, be strict Coronavirus protocols and standard operating procedure (SoPs) issued by the administration, that will have to be followed by these businesses. These include compulsory mask wearing in the premises, the use of hand sanitisers and maintenance of social distancing by only using 50% of the approved seating capacity. Also, the pubs and bars in the containment zones will continue to remain closed.
With more than 1.8 lakh cases of infection, the city went from recording less than 1000 cases a day, a few days back to registering more than 2000 cases yesterday. Now, with the lockdown easing out and economic activities slowly increasing, the restarting of bars is bound to spark a debate.
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