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Amid Lockdown, Zomato Seeks Permission to Deliver Liquor

Lawstreet Journal 9 May 2020 3:55am

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Indian Food Delivery Giant - Zomato aims to expand operations by providing door-step alcohol deliveries, in the wake of the high demand for liquor amid lockdown. 

Zomato’s CEO Mohit Gupta in a business proposal to the International Spirits and Wines Association of India (ISWAI)wrote, “We believe that a technology-enabled home delivery-based solution can promote responsible consumption of alcohol.” 

Zomato’s business witnessed a dip due to COVID-19 with the imposed restrictions preventing restaurants from operating in full fervor. To counter the possibility of all together shutting shop, the online- food delivery app diversified its core functions. Zomato now also delivers grocery items and packages, along with food from selected restaurants with proper sanitation and social distancing measures in place. 

All stores excluding medical stores and selective ration stores were closed in the country as a preventive measure from 25th March 2020. However, in the third phase of lockdown, wine shops were allowed to be opened by the central government in red, orange, and green zones in line with strict guidelines. (Notification dated 3rd May 2020). Containment zones were not allowed to open alcohol shops. 

While the permission to open stores was granted after 2 pm on Monday, 4th, May 2020, people were seen queuing and forming groups outside wine shops from as early as 9 am on the same day. While some outlets were seen practicing social distancing, other flouted guidelines and caused utter chaos. Police personnel were also deployed in some areas to tackle the crowd and soon after stores were advised to adopt… Continue Reading...

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