The Delhi government has permitted bars to reopen in the national capital from September 9 under Unlock 4. Hotels, restaurants and clubs will now be allowed to serve liquor to patrons in Delhi
Bars will reopen in Delhi from September 9 on a trial basis, the state government confirmed on Thursday.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has given his assent to the Arvind Kejriwal government’s proposal to reopen bars in the national capital from September 9.
Under the latest directive, hotels, restaurants and clubs in Delhi will be permitted to serve liquor from next week. The permission has been given on a trial basis from September 9 to September 30.
These establishments will have to follow Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Central government under Unlock 4.0 — the fourth phase of reopening of the coronavirus-induced national lockdown. The Centre had allowed reopening of bars under the Unlock 4 guidelines.
Announcing the reopening of bars and pubs from September, the Delhi government also released a set of SoPs for people. Liquor-serving establishments will only be permitted to open in non-containment zones.
While bars will finally reopen in Delhi, wearing masks will be mandatory in all such establishments.
Apart from this, bars and pubs will only be allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity in order to ensure social distancing is maintained.
The use of hand sanitizer will also be a must while availing these services.
The Delhi government has said that those establishments found violating these guidelines will be sealed immediately.
The reopening of bars in Delhi comes at a time when the capital is witnessing a spurt in coronavirus cases. Experts are claiming the capital is witnessing the second wave of infections but the state government has expressly denied it.
With the Centre releasing Unlock 4 guidelines last Saturday, most states have further eased coronavirus-induced restrictions on the movement of people and functioning of commercial establishments like bars and hotels.
After remaining closed for more than five months, bars and restaurants opened in states like Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.