The pandemic lockdown has sparked the demand for home delivery of liquor. With restaurants and bars still closed, many have been missing the weekly drinking nights with buddies and colleagues. With nowhere to go out for a drink, more and more consumers are looking for online liquor portals to satiate their desire for a peg or two. Recently, the Delhi government has been bold and allowed home delivery of liquor for orders placed via mobile apps or websites.
According to the Delhi Excise (Amendment) Rules, 2021, published in a gazette notification on June 1, holders of L-13 licenses will be allowed to deliver liquor at home. The new rules ascribed by the government allows the holders of the necessary licences to serve liquor in open spaces such as terraces, the courtyards of clubs, bars, and restaurants, where customers will have the choice of getting alcohol in bottles.
Supreme Court backs home delivery of liquor
To avoid the spread of Covid-19 due to excessive crowding at liquor stores, the Supreme Court has also back then that home delivery of liquor.
As per the new rules, the licensee is only allowed to do home delivery of liquor when the orders are placed via an app or a web portal. The licensee is discouraged from delivering liquor to hostels, offices, and institutions. Also, the new amendment does not allow all liquor stores to start doorstep delivery of liquor but only to those who have a valid L-13 license.
Home delivery of liquor will not only help curb the spread of the virus but will also enable shop owners to get back on their feet after the lockdown. This amendment will also provide job opportunities as liquor store owners will have to hire delivery boys for fast deliveries. The govt. will also benefit when the sale of liquor goes up as the economy is crumbling under the debt created by the Coronavirus.
Are you happy with the Delhi government’s decision? Do you think home delivery of liquor will prove beneficial in the long run or will it make people spend more? Let us know your views in the comment section.
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