Hyderabad: Given the threat of Omicron, the Telangana government decided to extend the timing of bars, pubs and liquor stores on New Year’s Eve when several states imposed curfew and other restrictions.
The provincial government issued an order on Tuesday banning bar license holders, event permit management licensees, and in-house licensees of the Terrangana Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) from serving liquor until 1 am and permitting executive directors. did. The night between December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022.
The government has relaxed the rules, allowing liquor stores to sell liquor until midnight on December 31, the eve of the New Year.
Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar has issued an order to this effect. This happens when states such as Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh have imposed restrictions, including a curfew, in light of the Covid-19 situation.
Telangana reported on Tuesday seven new cases of Omicron, including three who had never traveled. The new case boosted the state count for a new variant of Covid-19 to 62.
Previously, T. Health Minister Harish Lao sought to justify the government’s imposition of restrictions, given the low positive rate.
He said the center advised to impose curbs only on states with a Covid positive rate of 10 percent or higher. “Our positive rate is only 0.6%, which is actually lower than last week,” he said.
On December 25, the state government issued an order banning rallies and public meetings in the state until January 2. The order was issued to impose a curb on public meetings in accordance with the instructions of the Telangana High Court. However, the state does not ban New Year celebrations.
On December 23, the High Court instructed the state government to impose curbs during festivals and New Year’s celebrations, taking Omicron into consideration.
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