On May 28, Banerjee had announced the extension of restrictions till June 16.
The Bengal government on Monday allowed stand-alone shops, including those selling liquor. It has been stated that from Tuesday, the liquor shops will be open for 3 hours. From noon to 3 pm. Retailers have welcomed the announcement from chief minister Mamata Banerjee. On May 28, Banerjee had announced the extension of restrictions till June 16. With a decline in the number of infections since the curbs came into effect, the state has now announced some relaxation to other shops. Owners of off-shops are now awaiting an Excise department order. There are 350 bars (on-shops) apart from over 1,500 off-shops and country spirit shops in Kolkata.
Even Publishers and Booksellers’ Guild also welcomed the announcement. Guild general secretary Suhanshu Shekhar Dey expressed gratitude towards the CM for responding to their appeal positively. “The opening of book stores will be of immense help to publishers, book lovers, students, scholars, readers and writers,” he said.
By: Riya Siddhacharjee