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Delhi govt to charge 70% more tax on alcohol amid coronavirus lockdown

Some thirsty Indians did follow social distancing guidelines

The Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) said that the government can also give permission for token system through which liquor can be sold and it will also be better crowd management.

People are seen standing in a queue outside a liquor shop in Karnataka's Hubli as state government permits the sale of liquor between 9 am to 7 pm from today.

Hundreds of people lined up outside liquor shops in Delhi today, for the second consecutive day, after they re-opened following a almost 40-day dry spell because of the coronavirus lockdown. The Government of Maharashtra followed the same directives and allowed the shops to be open in green zones.

On the other hand, the Haryana government is mulling over imposing a "COVID cess" on liquor to support the institutions which have been adversely affected by the pandemic, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Social distancing norms being flouted as people in large numbers queue outside a liquor shop in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon. But there were many even ahead of him.

Several people have been posting visuals on Twitter and calling the decision to reopen liquor stores a "blunder" by the government. "People will get liquor from Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad". The police also booked cases against some wine shop workers for attempting to collect stock from the shop and selling it to persons known to them. Many people, who complained about lack of food and occupation are happy to find money to buy alcoholic beverages. Here, the shop has not been opened and policemen are sending us back.

- More than five customers will not be able to go to the liquor store at one time.

Ramesh, who declined to share his second name, said he was trying his luck after failing to buy liquor bottles from nearby shops because of the huge crowd.

No shops will be allowed to open in the areas declared as red zones and lockdown rules will remain enforced in these areas.

"I have only one peg every fortnight".