The sale and home delivery of liquor will begin in Punjab from today, state's excise and taxation department said in an order on Wednesday.
The liquor stores would be allowed to open only during the curfew relaxation period, which is from 7 am to 3 pm, officials said.
However, the timing of delivery of liquor will be decided by the respective assistant excise and taxation commissioners in consultation with deputy commissioners, the order stated.
Though there is no provision of home delivery of liquor in the Punjab Excise Act 1914 and the Excise Rules, the decision in this regard has been taken to ensure social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it said.
The delivery of liquor at people's doorsteps will be allowed only during the lockdown period, the order said.
Only two litres of liquor will be allowed through home delivery to a buyer against a cash memo.
People deputed for home delivery of liquor will be issued identity cards by the department and they will also carry curfew pass, as per the order.
Home delivery of Punjab Medium Liquor (PML) will not be allowed, it said.
At liquor vends, directions have been issued to ensure adherence to social distancing norms and arrangement of sanitiser, it stated.
Not more than five people will be allowed to stand outside a liquor shop, the orders said.
Liquor contractors who have paid 50 per cent of the license fee to the state government will be allowed to open their shops, as per the order.
The Punjab government had earlier urged the centre to allow opening of liquor shops in the state to mop up tax revenue.