Delhi government allows reopening of bars from Sept 9 on trial basis; issues SOPs for establishments

The decision for serving liquor was announced after Lieutenant General Anil Baijal gave his assent to Kejriwal government's proposal for the same

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The Delhi government has announced the reopening of bars in hotels, restaurants and clubs (except in containment zones) on a trial basis from September 9th till September 30th.

The decision for serving liquor in pub, restaurants and hotels in Delhi comes as a part of Unlock 4 guidelines and was announced after Lieutenant General Anil Baijal gave his assent to Kejriwal government's proposal for the same. Many states such as West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu have already allowed reopening of bars and pubs, which were shut for more than five months.

The liquor-serving establishments will have to follow Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Central government under Unlock 4.0. The Centre had allowed reopening of bars under the Unlock 4 guidelines.

While the bars have been allowed to reopen in the national capital from September 9th, the Delhi government has released a set of SoPs for establishments serving liquor which are as follows:

  • Bars in the containment zone shall remain closed. Only those outside containment zones will be allowed to open.
  • Entry shall be allowed to persons with face covers/ masks. Only asymptomatic staff/customers/guests shall be allowed.
  • Mandatory provisions for hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening at the entrance should be followed.
  • Not more than 50% of the approved seating capacity shall be allowed inside the hotel/ restaurant/ clubs so that social distancing norms will be maintained.
  • No standing customers shall be served by the hotel/ restaurant/ club.
  • Adequate manpower should be deployed by the licensee for ensuring social distancing norms.
  • Only asymptomatic staff shall be allowed for duty in the premises. Staff shall wear gloves, face masks and maintain complete health hygiene such as frequent washing of hands, use of sanitizer etc.
  • Posters/ Standees/ AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19 to be displayed prominently.
  • Effective and frequent sanitization within the premises should be done at regular intervals with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and handwashing station areas. 
  • Rooms, other service areas, seat/tables etc should be sanitized each time a customer leaves.
  • Proper disposal of face covers/ masks /gloves left over by the customers and staff members should be ensured.
  • Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
  • In case of any violation of the above SOP is noticed by the inspection teams of district Disaster Management Authority / Excise Department, the owners of the establishment shall be proceeded against as per the provisions of section 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides, legal action under section 188 of IPC. Further, the prosecution should be launched against the General Manager/ Manager of the premises and the premises will be sealed forthwith. Excise license of the establishment shall also be liable to be cancelled.

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