Liquor lovers in the national capital can have their favourite spirit delivered to their home, all thanks to Delhi government’s new rule that allows delivery of liquor at the doorstep of buyers through orders received on mobile apps or websites.
As per the notification issued by the Delhi government under amended excise law governing the trade of alcohol in the city, “The licensee shall make delivery of liquor at the residences only if order is received through mobile app or online web portal and no delivery shall be made to any hostel, office and institution.”
However, the order made it clear that only holders of L-13 licence will be allowed to carry out home deliveries, and not every liquor outlet in the city. The amended rules will also permit the holders of the necessary licenses to serve liquor in open spaces such as terraces, the courtyards of clubs, bars, and restaurants. Earlier in March, Delhi government brought down the legal age of consuming liquor from 25 to 21, a move aimed at shoring up annual excise revenue.
The national capital went into lockdown on April 19 and has been reporting a significant dip in COVID-19 cases. The city government has initiated the process of ‘unlocking’ but Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made it clear that ‘unlocking’ Delhi will be a gradual process. The lockdown period was extended till June 7. With the daily positivity rate of Covid-19 dipping below 1 per cent for the first time since March 19, Delhi reported 648 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate is at 0.99 per cent. The cumulative count of the coronavirus cases in the national capital went up to 14,26,240, according to its health bulletin.