All liquor bars, pubs, shops, clubs, huts or any other establishments where liquor is served and sold are closed till 11 pm daily.
Goa Election 2022: A new order has been issued regarding the sale of liquor in Goa in the run-up to the Assembly elections. The North Goa District Magistrate on Thursday said that all liquor bars, pubs, shops, clubs, bushes or any other establishments serving liquor would be closed till 11 pm every day, ANI reported. If the shop is still open then necessary action will be taken against it.
The district magistrate said the order would take effect immediately. The DM said the order would remain in force until the standard code of conduct was implemented in the state. Goa’s income largely depends on tourism which contributes to the people of the country and the world. Goa is known for its beautiful and alluring beaches and parties.
Wine is an important part of the attractions of this tourist state. Goa will hold one-phase assembly elections on February 14. With this in mind, the state has banned the sale of liquor on February 12-15 and March 10, the counting day. However, all liquor complexes have been instructed to close during this period.
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The order states that licensed bars and restaurants will be able to serve meals, but will have to keep their bar counters closed. Owners of open bars and restaurants on the days of the ban will have to put up a board on the premises stating that no alcohol will be served and the premises will be open only for serving food.
The government also said on Wednesday that no liquor would be transported in the state till midnight on February 12 and counting of votes on March 10. In Goa, there is a rivalry between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).