Kerala not to reopen bars soon
Thiruvananthapuram: The government has decided not to open bars in state anytime soon. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by the Chief Minister on Thursday. The meeting evaluated that with single-day Covid cases breaching 10,000, it won’t be in the best interest to reopen the bars immediately.
The Chief Minister opined that bars need not be reopened immediately. Once the virus cases start receding, it can be opened. All those who attended the meeting supported this suggestion.
Meanwhile, it was also decided to continue with the liquor parcel sales though counters.
The Excise Commissioner had submitted a report to state government in the second week of September requesting permission to reopen bars. As states like Karnataka and Punjab have reopened bars, the same can be followed here, the report had stated.
Though government had then taken a favorable stance, the surging Covid cases in state forced it to rethink the decision.
Moreover, Excise Commissioner also attended the meeting where it was decided not to reopen the bars.