Guwahati: On Friday, May 22, the Maharashtra government permitted home delivery of liquor in Mumbai. However, over the counter sale is still prohibited as Mumbai continues to be a Red Zone.
Deliveries are permitted only in non-containment zones. The new order stated, “The government of Maharashtra has allowed liquor shops to effect sale to permit-holders through the delivery of liquor at the permit holder’s residential address, subject to the conditions specified.”
The shops will also have to adhere to the already issued guidelines by the Excise department of conducting business between 10 am to 6 pm. Hence, no orders can be delivered nor taken after 6 am.
This order stated that even e-commerce platforms can be used by liquor shops for home delivery. This order shall be operational from midnight of May 22 and the sale will practically begin from 10 am on Saturday.
The home delivery of alcohol begun in Maharashtra from May 15, yet many local authorities in Mumbai city and Mumbai rural have kept the alcohol shops shut fearing possible infringement of physical distancing norms.
Only 27 out of the 36 districts of Maharashtra have opened liquor shops as they fall under the non-containment zones.