Wine Shops to be open in Lockdown 3.0 in India

Wine shop open in lockdown 3.0
  • Wine shops are permitted to open in all zones except containment Zones
  • The states have been raising requests to the central government for permission to open liquor stores, as it charges a large tax on their depleted coffers

The central government has extended the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus novel. However, the government has relaxed the sanctions imposed in many areas. This is the second time a nationwide lockdown is in effect, which came into effect at the end of March.

The government’s plan for Lockdown 3.0, as it is called, is to divide districts nationwide into red, orange, and green zones. Red zones have the highest number of cases and the highest doubling rate; There were fewer cases in the Orange Zones, while the Green Zones had no cases in the last 21 days.

The sanctions imposed in a district are based on that district’s zoning classification. The Home Ministry released a list of such sanctions on Friday. But there is confusion over the sale of alcohol and e-commerce services, as the MHA’s press note does not explicitly address wine shops or e-commerce services in all zones.

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The elites in the Ministry of Home Affairs have now made it clear that they will be allowed to open wine shops in all zones except containment zones. Wine shops are allowed to open in red zones as long as there are independent shops that are not part of the market complex or mall.

Likewise, e-commerce is only allowed for essentials in the red zones, according to sources. In the Orange and Green Zones, e-commerce is allowed for items that are needed and even non-essential items as well. Allowing or not allowing the maid to resume is up to the respective state governments and the central land administration, the sources said.

The important thing to note here is that these relaxation restrictions do not apply to containment areas identified by local authorities in the Red and Orange Zones. Container areas are subject to severe restrictions with nothing beyond the supply of permitted essentials.

Another thing to note is that under lockdown orders issued on Friday, states and Union Territories may choose to strengthen the sanctions issued by the Center. However, they cannot dilute them.

So for example, while Red (independent stores only), Orange and Green Jones allow the center to open liquor stores in unincorporated areas of the state and UT, states and UTs can choose to close if they wish. States and UTs cannot dilute limits, that is, states and UTs do not allow e-commerce for unnecessary items in the red zone.

What is allowed…

The Red Zone

All industrial and construction activities in rural areas.

  • Industries in urban areas are specialized economic zones (SEZs) and export-oriented units (EOUs), production units that require essential manufacturing units and packaging equipment, continuous processing, and the jute industry.
  • In urban areas, construction sites are not required to be constructed and outsourced only on sites where workers are available on-site, and construction sites for energy renewable projects.
  • Stores that sell essential items.
  • Private companies with a maximum of 33 percent workforce.
  • Government offices with 100 percent strength of officers at deputy level and above and 33 percent of the remaining staff.

The Orange Zone

  • Taxis and cab aggregators with 2 passengers other than the driver.
  • The only inter-district movement for sanctioned activities. The four-wheeler can accommodate a maximum of two passengers apart from the driver.

The Green Zone

  • All activities are allowed.
  • Buses and bus depots can operate at 50 percent and 55 percent capacity respectively.

What is not allowed…

The Red Zone

  • Bicycle rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, taxis, and cab aggregators.
  • Intra-district and inter-district buses.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.

Orange Zones

  • Intra-district and inter-district buses.

The Green Zone

  • All activities are allowed.

The MHA directive clearly states that those responsible for all workplaces and public spaces must comply with social distance and hygiene regulations.

Some mandatory actions include:

  • Face covers in public places including offices
  • Offices ensure adequate storage of face masks for employees
  • Proper social distance
  • No more than five people gather in any public place
  • A wedding convention not exceeding 50 people
  • Funeral not exceeding 20 persons
  • Stores selling liquor are at least six feet away and no more than five people line up in front of each store
  • Punitive measures for spitting in public places
  • Persons over 65 years of age, pregnant women and children under the age of 10 to stay indoors
  • Sanitation of offices more frequently


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