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Delhi allows home delivery of liquor through mobile apps, online portals

Under the previous rules, home delivery of liquor in Delhi was allowed, but only L-13 license holders were allowed to deliver alcohol this way

The Delhi government has permitted home delivery of Indian liquor and foreign liquor as Covid-19 restrictions continue to be in place in the city. Liquor can be ordered for home delivery in Delhi through online portals as part of the new policy.

Home delivery of liquor in Delhi will be allowed through online order using mobile apps or online web portals after the changes brought in place with the Delhi Excise (Amendment) Rules, 2021.

Under the previous rules, home delivery of liquor in Delhi was allowed, but only L-13 license holders were allowed to carry out such deliveries “at the residences only if order is received through e-mail or by fax (not telephone)”.

Now, under the new rules, liquor home delivery has been allowed through mobile app and portals in Delhi. However, this does not mean liquor shops across Delhi will be allowed to deliver alcohol.

Only sellers with the L-14 license will be allowed to start home delivery of liquor in Delhi.

As soon as the lockdown was first announced in 2020, Delhi liquor shops saw massive crowding, which further spread the fear of contracting Covid-19. The Supreme Court had then suggested considering home delivery of liquor.

Even in 2021, Delhi liquor shops saw long queues for several hours ahead of the Covid restrictions imposed by the Delhi government in April.

The licensee shall make delivery of liquor at the residences only if order is received through mobile app or online web portal and no delivery shall be made to any hostel, office, and institution.

The rules permit the holders of the necessary licences to serve liquor in open spaces such as terraces, the courtyards of clubs, bars and restaurants.

The decision to allow home delivery of liquor comes a day after the national started the unlocking process, after a month of lockdown. Liquor manufacturers had earlier asked the city government to allow home delivery of alcoholic beverages.

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