The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, in a circular issued on Friday, allowed home delivery of liquor, excluding in containment zones.
Among several conditions, the order said over the counter sale of liquor may not be permitted.
“I hereby issue orders aside from the containment zones, the liquor shops selling liquor in sealed bottles can also be permitted to function by selling liquor to the customers by effecting delivery of the permitted liquor to the home address of the customer, whether such an order is placed,” said Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Chahal.
The order comes five days after the state government allowed home delivery of liquor in red zones. Earlier, on May 5, the BMC had ordered shut shops selling non-essential goods, including liquor, because of crowding at wine shops.
Praveen Pardeshi, the Municipal Commissioner of BMC at that time, had said, “There are a couple of reports, news in social media and inputs received from the police and the ward officials that because of above relaxation there was immense crowds gathering close these shops and where it has been unimaginable to care for social distancing and there were few instances of law and order situation arising out of such crowds gathering at one place.”
Maharashtra, which is worst-hit by coronavirus, today detected 2,940 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day spike, taking the state’s coronavirus count to a staggering 44,582, according to state health branch data. With these 63 deaths reported in the final 24 hours, the death toll in the state has climbed to 1,517.
Mumbai on the same day reported 1,751 new Covid-19 cases taking the financial capital’s complete tally of coronavirus positive patients to 27,251. The capital city reported 27 deaths in the final 24 hours taking the death toll to 909.