The nationwide lockdown in India has transitioned to a staggered opening of services in non-containment zones.
As per the relaxation allowed by the MHA, liquor shops have been allowed to open from May 04, but with only five customers allowed in the shops at one time.
JUST IN: Liquor shops can open in green zones after May 3. And liquor shops in red zones can open if they don’t fall in containment pockets. Vendors must ensure social distancing and not more than 5 customers at a time in shop. 🥃🥃 #LockdownExtension— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) May 1, 2020
While only five customers may be allowed inside the shops, the lines outside of them paint a different picture altogether:
Chhattisgarh: Social distancing norms being flouted as people in large numbers queue outside a liquor shop in Rajnandgaon. The state govt has allowed liquor shops to open in the state from today except for the containment zones. #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/GfTzQP86Ip— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2020
#TNIEupdateaonCovid19— Bosky Khanna (@BoskyKhanna) May 4, 2020
Follow the queue and it will lead you to the liquor store, is the line in #Bengaluru. Liquor sales resume after 40 days #Lockdown.@NewIndianXpress @XpressBengaluru @santwana99 @CMofKarnataka @RAshokaBJP @deepolice12 @BBMPCOMM @ExcisePolice pic.twitter.com/nfRQNWhJ62
Long queue outside a liquor store in Worli, Mumbai.— Janardhan Koushik (@koushiktweets) May 4, 2020
(Video : Nirmal Harindran) pic.twitter.com/WTSkWBl2Tt
This is the state nearly in evry liquor store i took a tour ko mangalore city this morning even the smallest liquor store has 15-20 ppl in queue pic.twitter.com/xuz9LW8Qfg— Nripesh Nepal (@DemonNripesh) May 4, 2020
Almost felt like an international cricket match. Long queue, good people. Don’t forget to carry cash. Bangalore liquor store/shops are open.#Bangaloreliquor #Lockdown3 #WineShop #wineshops pic.twitter.com/rQP4PXFXIQ— Sayantan Bhattacharjee (@Sayantan90s) May 4, 2020
Social distancing for a liquor store in Mysore!! Look at the queue!! pic.twitter.com/5oV17E37Z6— Himaan (@Himaan9) May 4, 2020
Liquor store didn’t even open & there was a queue of 32 people 😂😂. Looks like all the lost revenue will be earned in 1 day. pic.twitter.com/ph9vzpYsDI— V (@Dhichkyaaon) May 4, 2020
People queuing up outside liquor shops in Mangalore, after the state government allowed liquor stores to open in the state after 40 days.— Mangalore City (@MangaloreCity) May 4, 2020
Reportedly in some places in the district, people had begun queuing up in the night itself. pic.twitter.com/kUxLvJfFXQ
Scenes outside every other liquor store in #Bengaluru right now. This one in Koramangala 5th Block has a queue covering at least 500 m from the entrance. @IndianExpress @WeAreBangalore @tinucherian @iambhutia pic.twitter.com/a2Mo5uqtX9— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) May 4, 2020
Liquor sale started at 9 AM, to continue till 7 PM.— Gautam Biswas (@igautambiswas) May 4, 2020
Not much rush. Social distancing maintained.
Abundant Stock available and no limit in buying.
Dakshin Kannada is in Orange Zone and this Wine shop in Mangalore is in the buffer zone (within 5 Km radius of a Containment area). pic.twitter.com/p00btBLO7W
It is important to remember that social distancing should always remain ‘high’ on our priority list, till the pandemic ends.