NEW DELHI, May 4, 2020, ABP News. Around 150 wine shops were reopened across Delhi after 42 days of nationwide lockdown. Liquor shops in 4 districts of the national capital were shut after people created panic, chaos and failed to maintain social distancing norms and healthcare guidelines, ABP News reported.
Delhi has recorded over 4,500 coronavirus cases and has been entirely declared a Red Zone. According to reports, citizens in Delhi queued up outside liqour shops in large numbers even before shops could open.
Delhi Police had to shut down some of the liquor shops due to overcrowding while the personnel even resorted to lathi-charge outside a shop in Kashmere Gate.
After long queues outside liquor shops in the national capital took social distancing norms for a ride, the Resident Welfare Associations (RWA’s) in the city have urged the government to immediately close down all liquor vends and review arrangements.
Several Resident Welfare Associations in Delhi have strongly objected to opening of liquor shops in most parts of the city despite entire Delhi being declared as a Red Zone. “The long queues started early in the morning outside liquor shops, even before the shops opened for sale, which led to social distancing going for a toss, in some areas it became a law and order problem and some vends had to be shut,” said V.K. Arora, Convenor of Delhi RWA Forum.