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May, 2020: Maharashtra government has now allowed home delivery liquor in the state with some conditions. Due to heavy crowding at wine shops, there was a demand made by people for home delivery of liquor.

The order issued by the state government reads Maharashtra government permits the licensee holding the licenses in Form FL-II, FL/BR-11, FL/W-11, as appended to the Bombay Liquor Rules, 1953, to sell the IMFL- Spirits, Beer, Mild Liquor, Wines, to the permit holders by effecting delivery at the home address of the permit holder, subject to the conditions, specified hereunder:- The licensee shall sell the IMFL- Spirits, Beer, Mild Liquor, Wines only in respect of the liquor for which he is licensed to sale. The licensee shall effect the sale and effect of delivery of the foreign liquor from within the area of the licensed premises and on the day and during the hour as specified. The licensee shall ensure that the persons deployed for the delivery of liquor use mask and also use hand-sanitizers at frequent intervals.

This order shall be in force and effect until the orders of Lockdown issued by the Government from time to time under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 (Act 53 of 2005) or any other Act are in force in the State.

Along with that, the state excise department has decided to start an online token system on a pilot basis for the sale of liquor in Pune city to avoid crowding at shops. The system can later be replicated in Mumbai as well, according to officials.

The move came after tipplers gathered in large numbers outside liquor shops at several places in the state last week, defying the physical distancing norms to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Under the new system, a person can get a token by registering on the state excise department portal and then go to the shop to buy liquor, a senior department official said on Monday.

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