The Assam government has decided to shut down all wine shops across the state from 5 pm on Wednesday.

The wine shops were allowed to open on Monday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on the permitted days.

The notification also stated that the licensee of IMFL “OFF”/CS “OFF” shops, wholesale warehouses, bottling plants, distilleries and breweries shall be personally responsible for deploying their staff to ensure maintaining social distancing of at least 1 (one) metre between customers, staff, cough etiquette and to strictly follow all directives issued by National Health Mission, Assam with reference to COVID-19 situation.

People in large numbers were seen in front of the wine shops to buy liquor brand of their choice.

People maintained the social distancing protocol effectively while purchasing the liquor.

Wine shops were also allowed to open in Meghalaya and as per the order, they would remain open till Friday until further notice.

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