Now, liquor shops set to reopen in Chennai; court allows online sale

WION Web Team
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Published: May 06, 2020, 06:40 PM(IST)

TASMAC shop in Chennai Photograph:( ANI )

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Liquor shops to open in Chennai from may 07, but with few restrictions.

Liquor shops will be opening in Chennai from Thursday(May 07). Three neighbouring districts of Chennai, namely Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur are being prepped for the reopening of liquor shops.

On Wednesday, Madras High Court also allowed online sale of liquor in the state. However, there will be few restrictions to contain hoarding and social distancing will be the top priority.

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TASMAC shops will be allowed to sell only one bottle of liquor per person, and each consumer can buy only once in three days. Online customers will be allowed to buy two bottles, and the online customers can buy only twice a week.

Timings have also been allotted according to age groups. Healthy individuals above 50yrs can visit the shops between 10am to 1pm, below 50 to 40 yrs can visit 1pm to 3pm and people below 40 years can visit from 3pm to 5pm only.

Face masks will be compulsory for everyone stepping outside their homes.

Officials have said that Aadhar cards will be checked to make sure none of the customers are from containment zones. The customers will be divided into smaller groups to avoid spread of virus.

All the bars related to TASMAC remain closed; only stand-alone shops have been allowed to open in certain areas. Police will be closely monitoring the situation.

Tamil Nadu has been one of the worst-hit states by coronavirus in India as the state has crossed the 3,500 mark. Chennai and Coimbatore have seen a constant rise in the number of positive cases. 

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