The Uttar Pradesh government shared a good news for the boozers amid the ‘outgoing’ nationwide Lockdown. As per the latest order by the Yogi Adityanath led state government, liquor shops will remain open everyday between 10 am – 9 pm. “The timings for the opening of liquor shops in Uttar Pradesh will now be from 10 am to 9 pm,” stated the order from the UP government. This is in view of the Unlock 1 announced in the state since June 1. The state government has, however, ordered people to wear masks, sanitize and follow social distancing during their shopping.
The news is surely going to bring relief to the boozers who were forced to distance from the booze due to extended lockdown in the country. During Lockdown 3.0 in several states, when the governments made a decision to allow the liquor shops to open with restrictions of strictly following social distancing norms, a humongous crowd was seen queuing outside liquor shops. Consequently, several states decided to revoke the decision and retracted their order.
Before the UP government’s order to allow running of liquor shops in the state, the timings were between 10 am to 7 pm which is now extended till 9 pm.
To recall, the state government had made a revenue of Rs. 100 crore when it allowed the sale of liquor in the state for one day on Monday, May 4. The news broke after a government official revealed the number to the news agency IANS on Tuesday, May 5 during Lockdown 3.0. The capital city, Lucknow, alone, had recorded a whopping sale of Rs. 6.3 crore on May 4.
If a report is to be believed, there are 25,600 liquor shops in the state which were strictly closed during Lockdown 1.0 and 2.0. The shutter down of these liquor shops has caused a hefty revenue loss to the state. However, with Unlock 1 put in gear in the country, several states are allowing standalone shops to remain open with restrictions. The state governments believe that this will put the nation’s economy in gear.