Lucknow: Liquor shops in Uttar Pradesh will now be open till ten o'clock at night. The Excise Department has issued a directive in this regard. On Tuesday, the government told that earlier, shops used to open from 10 am to 9 pm. Now, liquor shops will be allowed to be opened across the state from 10 am to 10 pm as before.
The Excise Department has informed all the District Excise Officers by order. This order will be applicable except in the Containment Zone. The order issued said, “Liquor shops are allowed to open from 10 am to 10 pm.”
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This step of the government has come at a time when the number of active cases of corona virus infection in the state has reached 26 thousand 652. Experts say that in view of the festive season, the government wants to collect revenue because the corona virus infection has put a lot of burden on the state's financial situation. The lockdown was implemented in March to deal with the corona virus epidemic.
In the lockdown, only shops related to essential items were allowed to open. After that from May 4, the UP government allowed liquor sales in the state. According to the order, liquor shops across the state were allowed to open till 9 pm during weekends. Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had said that the guidelines issued on 30 September will be effective till 30 November. Therefore, the permission granted to start services in October will remain intact till the end of November.
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