Guwahati: Assam government has decided to allow the city-based bars to operate with strict compliance of the social distancing and other precautionary norms as per guidelines issued by the Government in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bars in the city can run business from Friday onwards between 10 AM to 5 PM.
Around 200 bars in the city have been remaining closed since the first lockdown was imposed in the country in March last week. Though the liquor shops in the state have been allowed to open during the city’s Unlock1 phase, bars remained shut.
On Thursday, an official order said, “In pursuance of communication from the Commissioner of Excise, Assam and letter from the Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Excise Department vide letter No. EX.216/2010/258 dated 06,08 2020, all the IMFL “ON” shops (bars) in Kamrup Metropolitan District are hereby allowed to operate from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. with strict compliance of the social distancing and other precautionary norms as per guidelines issued by the Government in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Earlier, the state’s health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hinted that the state government was considering opening the bars with definite norms. The minister had said that the owners of the bars have been pressing the government to consider their request to allow the opening of the bars.
Excise department said that they have been preparing a detailed guideline for the opening of the bars. The guideline was expected shortly.