The sale of liquor in bars and restaurants in Delhi will be banned on January 26 from now on. This is the first time that liquor will not be served in bars and restaurants on January 26 in the national Capital.
The Delhi Government has decided to observe six dry days in the period from January 26 and March 31, following its decision to revert to the previous Excise Policy that provides for dry days on gazetted holidays.
The dry days include Republic Day (Jan 26), Guru Ravidas Birthday (Feb 5), Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti (Feb 15), Maha Shivaratri (Feb 18), Holi (March 8), Ram Navami (March 30). Officials said that that Delhi Government has made a significant decision regarding the sale of liquor. On January 26, which is a dry day, there will be a ban on the sale of liquor in liquor shops, bars and restaurants. Previously, only liquor vends were closed on dry days, but bars and restaurants were still allowed to serve liquor. This is the first time that liquor will not be served in bars and restaurants on January 26 in Delhi.
“Additionally, there will be a ban on the sale of liquor at shops on Mahashivratri, Ram Navami and Holi. The government has also declared dry days on Swami Dayanand Jayanti and Guru Ravidas Jayanti, and liquor shops will remain closed on these days as well,” officials added. The Delhi Government issues a list of dry days every 3 months. At present there are about 21 dry days in a year.