Brandy shops to provide color-coded token for crowd control - Tamil Nadu
The Tamil Nadu liquor shops have come up with an innovative method for ensuring social distance during alcohol sales. Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) has implemented a token scheme for the tipplers to ensure the shops do not encounter a huge crowd outside at any time.
Anyone trying to buy liquor would need to get a token. From Sunday to Saturday seven different color-coded tokens will be provided to people, and tippers can go and get their liquor based on the color and timings given on the token. The token will also bear TASMAC outlet address from which the customer can buy the liquor.
The implementation of a token scheme comes barely hours after the Supreme Court imposed a stay on a Madras High Court order ordering the state-run liquor outlets to be closed down.
After a dry spell of 43 days since late March due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the liquor sales resumed on May 7 at TASMAC outlets in Tamil Nadu, with the exception of state capital Chennai. The Madras high court, however, ordered the closure of all state-run liquor outlets in Tamil Nadu a day later, on May 8, as the strong rush was observed at most places raising fears about a fresh Covid-19 outbreak.
On Friday, the Supreme Court again paved the way by staying the HC order to reopen state-owned liquor sales.
The TASMAC outlets will have to stick to the strict social distance and hygiene guidelines previously drafted by Madras HC to reduce the possibility of infection transmission. Those rules included mandatory use of hand sanitisers and face masks, demarcation outside TASMAC outlets and limits on the purchasing of liquor in bulk.