With 109 people testing positive for coronavirus (Covid-19), the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala on Wednesday (25 March) decided to close liquor outlets run by Beverages (Manufacturing and Marketing) Corporation Limited (BEVCO).
On Wednesday morning, state officials said the decision to shut all the 265 outlets had been conveyed to BEVCO managers. Besides, 36 other liquor outlets will also be shut.
The outlets will likely be shut until 14 April, when the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends. The state government, however, is toying with the idea of selling liquor online.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led LDF government’s decision comes on the heels of a major hue and cry being raised over long queues seen at the outlets despite the state announcing a total lockdown.
This, observers said, could lead to the pandemic virus spreading further. The Congress-led opposition, United Democratic Front, has been demanding closure of these outlets in view of the danger.
The LDF had countered the opposition by pointing out at the Congress-run Punjab, where liquor outlets are functioning.