A shoutout to all bar and pub owners of Delhi! You can now resume services from September 9, but be careful with the rules as it’s just a trial and any violation can cost you your licence. By Kumar Shree

 

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The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to reopen bars and pubs in the city on a trial basis from September 9 to September 30. These establishments that have been shut for more than five months due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will have to adhere to the rules and regulations as prescribed by the authorities. Operating at only 50 per cent seating and not allowing customers to stand around is a part of the list of rules and regulations.

Other guidelines include ensuring social distancing and other safety measures such as wearing masks both by the staff as well as the guests, are followed at all times. In fact, along with masks, the staff is required to wear gloves as well. Moreover, all customers must be screened for symptoms at the time of entry, and the authorities must make sure regular sanitisation of the property is taken care of.

 

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Since these bars and pubs are opening up strictly on a trial basis, those who compromise with the guidelines will meet severe consequences, which can include cancellation of the licence and charges on the owner.

India has now beaten Brazil to gain the second spot on the list of countries with the highest number of Coronavirus cases. The USA remains on the top spot with over 64 lakh cases while India has a total of over 42 lakh cases as per the latest reports (as on September 7, 2020).

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