Kerala Excise Department asks CM to consider reopening of bars in the state
The Kerala Excise Department has requested Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to consider reopening of bars in the state by taking into account all the COVID-19 precautionary measures. The recommendation comes in the wake of decision taken by several states to open bars as a part of Unlock-4 guidelines issued by the Centre.
The excise commissioner has submitted a report pointing out that bars are already functioning in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and some other states. According to PTI, the state cabinet will meet and take a final decision by next week.
The excise department has suggested seating arrangements only for two persons at each table in the bars. State-run liquor outlets, bars as well as beer and wine parlours have been closed since March 24 in view of the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
After being shut down for two months, the state government opened liquor outlets across Kerala from May 28. However, only liquor sale as parcel is allowed at bar counters now.