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Over 5,000 liquor shops to stay closed

The liquor shops run by State-owned Tasmac across the State will remain closed on Sunday. With the closure of more than 5,000 liquor shops, Tamil Nadu government will lose at least Rs 100 crore business during the day.

Over 5,000 liquor shops to stay closed
People practise social distancing outside a Tasmac liquor shop in Mylapore on Saturday


However, a senior official from Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac) told DT Next that the liquor sales is expected to touch Rs 150 crore on Saturday, as people would purchase extra liquor to stock it for Sunday.

The Home and Excise department issued strict order to the Tasmac salesmen to close all the liquor shops sharply by 10 pm on Saturday. “Strict action will be taken if anyone indulges in liquor sales on Sunday,” a senior Excise official said.

He said order was also given to the Tasmac salesmen to not sell liquor in bulk quantity to a single person, as there would be a possibility of illegal sale on Sunday. “This order is applicable for elite liquor shops, too,” he added.

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