The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has ordered the closure of liquor shops all across Mumbai after the city has seen a drastic increase in the total number of positive coronavirus cases resulting to being categorised as red zone.
The BMC had allowed some relaxations after the end of the second lockdown which also included the wholesale and retail sale of liquor in Mumbai. Even shops selling non-essential products were given relaxations and were allowed to be opened. However the decision was revoked after the Mumbai police was unable to control the crowd as they formed large queues in order to purchase liquor and were unable to maintain the social distancing protocol. The civic body has also withdrawn other relaxations given to people during the lockdown period.
On Monday and Tuesday, huge crowds were seen at the liquor shops in the city with long queues. This has raised concerns over the rapid spread of coronavirus in Mumbai, which has recorded nearly 10,000 Covid-19 patients with 387 deaths so far.
The civic chief, Praveen Pardeshi, issued a circular to remove all the relaxations and to only sell essential goods will be permitted to open from 6 May. He also stated that reports from the police highlighting the issue of the impossibility of the social distancing protocol has resulted in the decision to shut down wine shops. He further stated that only the groceries and medical shops will be allowed to operate in Mumbai.
– Christo Freddy, NMTV News