Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has decided not to open liquor shops in the state at the moment.
The decision was taken at a meeting of health department chief secretaries summoned by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the relaxations provided during stage three of the lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier, the Centre had granted states the permission to open liquor shops. However, the Kerala government decided against opening BEVCO outlets as customers could throng the outlets as bars remain closed.
Following this, the CM directed not to open liquor shops in the state.