COVID-19: Puducherry govt decides to keep liquor shops shut till May 17

South India

Puducherry government has decided to keep the liquor shops closed till May 17, the scheduled date for ending of ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. 


Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy chaired the Cabinet meeting here on Saturday which decided that liquor shops will remain shut until May 17.

In the third phase of lockdown, various states have allowed liquor stores to open while following social distancing norms and other health guidelines. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India was under lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14. 

However, on April 14, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

On Friday, the Centre again extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown for two more weeks with effect from May 4 till May 17 while allowing different sets of relaxations in red, orange and green zones.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic.


With inputs from ANI

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