Mumbai: Delhi government on Thursday granted permission to hotels and restaurants to serve liquor. This permission has been granted only to units who hold a valid license to serve liquor.
The decision has been taken keeping the revenue implications in mind.
In order, the Delhi government stated, “Under the unlocked guidelines, the Delhi government has allowed the operation of restaurants subject to social distancing norms. The government has also allowed the opening of hotels. Bars shall remain closed under the provisions of unlocking guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs.”
“However, many state governments have permitted alcohol to be served by license holders under excise rules in restaurants and clubs and on tables in hotel rooms. Given the revenue implications, the excise department has served liquor in restaurants and clubs. The license is issued by the licensees on the table and in the hotel rooms, “read the order signed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Wednesday approved the reopening of hotels in the national capital amid a COVID-19 epidemic, following a meeting with the state government.