Delhi government has confirmed that bars in Delhi will reopen from 9 September on a trial basis.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has given his assent to the decision taken by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
Under the latest directive, hotels, restaurants, and clubs with excise licences in Delhi will be permitted to serve liquor from next week. The permission has been given on a trial basis from September 9 to September 30.
MASKS, 50% SEATING: SOPS FOR BARS
There are strict guidelines and SOPs set by the government to open the bars, this trail is permitted only in non-containment zones.
As these outlets prepare to serve liquor after over a five-month gap due to the coronavirus pandemic, an official said only asymptomatic customers and staff will be allowed, and wearing a mask will be mandatory for entry.
Apart from this, bars and pubs will only be allowed to operate at 50 percent seating capacity in order to ensure social distancing is maintained.
A Delhi government official said that no standing customer will be served liquor and all establishments will also have to ensure provision for sanitizer dispenser and thermal scanning at the entrance.
The Delhi government has said that those establishments found violating these guidelines will be sealed immediately.
It added that adequate manpower will be deployed by clubs, restaurants and hotels for ensuring social distancing norms.
Proper disposal of masks or gloves left over by the customers and staff must be ensured by these establishments. Spitting will be strictly prohibited, it said.