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    Delhi hotels, restaurants, clubs can serve liquor from September 9

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    The move comes after Delhi’s lieutenant governor Anil Baijal agreed to the government’s suggestions to reopen bars according to people familiar with the matter.

    Unlock 4.0: Delhi hotels, restaurants, clubs can serve liquor from Sept 9
    Delhi government’s move to allow bars to reopen from September 9 on a trial basis outside containment zones should boost sales and more food and beverage outlets will open in the national capital as a result of the decision, restaurateurs told ET.

    Through an order dated September 3, and signed by Vijay Dev, chief secretary, Delhi, the state government said bars shall be permitted in the national capital territory of Delhi (except in containment zones) with effect from September 9 till September 30 on a trial basis subject to strict compliance of SOPs. As per the order, the district disaster management authorities concerned and the excise department shall be responsible for ensuring strict adherence to the SOPs.

    "In case of any violation, owner and manager of the premises shall be liable for prosecution under Disaster Management Act 2005 besides sealing of such premises forthwith and cancellation of the excise license," stated the order. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has prepared standard operating procedures (SOPs) for operationalisation of bars in hotels, restaurants and clubs which state only bars outside containment zones will be allowed to open, and not more than 50% of the approved seating capacity shall be allowed inside the hotel/restaurant/clubs so that social distancing norms may be maintained. Only asymptomatic staff, customers and guests shall be allowed.

    The SOPs also state no standing customers shall be served by the hotel/restaurant/club and that besides the new SOPs, all measures outlined in the SOPs dated June 4 for hotels and restaurants issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will have to be strictly ensured. The decision comes after the new ministry of home affairs (MHA) guidelines released on Saturday did away with curbs on bars. “We are thankful that the DDMA put out an elaborate order based on MHA's Unlock 4.0 guidelines.

    We have paid the licensee fee way back in the month of February and are now making arrangements to get our staff back and get things in order. The SOPs are stringent, and we will make arrangements accordingly. We have 9 outlets in Delhi and most will open by September 9. However the fine print that opening up is being done on a trial basis till September 30 is worrisome,” said Rahul Singh, founder and CEO, The Beer Café. Priyank Sukhija, chief executive of First Fiddle which runs 14 outlets in Delhi across brands such as Lord of the Drinks, Tamasha, Warehouse Café said he will open all outlets in Delhi from September 9.

    Currently 8 outlets are open, he said. Saurabh Khanijo, managing director of the Kylin chain of restaurants said it will be worthwhile running operations now. “The industry is very happy. People will step out more. IPL being around the corner should also help sales,” he added. Last month, Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had recommended to the excise commissioner that restaurants and clubs in the national capital should be allowed to serve liquor, after it allowed hotels to resume operations. The excise department should issue the necessary permissions “considering revenue implications,” deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had said in his letter to the excise commissioner. DDMA was expected to give final approval on the move.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    ROHIT PATEL49 days ago
    Nothining is PENEDEMIC for BJP people...
    Gujarat BJP PRESIDENT is famous crminal LAW BREKER''he had thrown in garbage all guideline of SOP..and also advise of PM MODI JI...
    why restrictions on people...earning daily bread for their families...THOSE WHO ARE CARELESS ...THEY WILL SUFFER THEM SELF...ROHIT PATEL...
    Iyer51 days ago
    Congratulations AAP Kejriwal..
    You proved most efficient to lockdown and unlockdown And lockdown..amongst six big cities..graded best to worst..delhi first..Bangalore second, Chennai third, .. Kolkata fourth.. Hyderabad. Fifth...Mumbai last ....mind you Mumbai is in a
    mess Unde4 weight of very incompetent governments of three parties each vying to push up themselves, and blaming Modi....maximum city maximum damage by politicians..lot of many businessmen are going under.. bankrupt, broke ...this is not good news..common citizens have started leaving city for ever..back to villages... forced lon* lockdown is about to burst into unlawful, situations of large scale.. very bad.
    You managed delhi well and coordinated woth centre.
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