The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner on Tuesday (May 5, 2020) ordered to shut the liquor and non-essential services shops from Wednesday. The BMC cited “overcrowding and lack of social distancing” reasons to take this decision.
The order read, “ There are multiple reports, news in social media and inputs received from the police and the ward officials that due to above relaxation there have been huge crowds gathering near these shops and where it has been impossible to maintain social distancing and there were few instances of law and order situation arising out of such crowds gathering at one place.”
Only essential item stores like grocery shops and medical stores/chemist shops will be allowed to open during the lockdown extension 3.0.
Maharashtra on Tuesday had sold over 16.10 lakh litre liquor worth Rs 62.55 cr.
Meanwhile, Mumbai on Tuesday reported 635 new positive cases and 26 COVID-19 deaths. The total number of positive cases surged to 9,758 with the death toll at 387.
Earlier, BMC had allowed the wholesale and retail liquor shops to open with specific conditions.