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Department stated bars must ensure social distancing

GOA: The excise department has stated that bars, restaurants and taverns must ensure that social distancing norms are followed on their premises. Following the Union ministry of home affairs order, Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Monday had said that the state government will allow bar and restaurants to reopen from Tuesday. Excise commissioner Shashank Mani Tripathi said that social distancing guidelines issued by the MHA has to be implemented by the licensees.

Persons in-charge of the workplace will need to ensure adequate distancing between workers, gaps between shifts and staggered lunch breaks, his order read. Licensees have been directed to wear face masks or appropriate face covers while selling liquor or serving customers. The responsibility of ensuring that customers maintain a minimum distance of six feet from each other is also rested with the licensee, the excise department order stated.

The licensees have to make provision of sanitiser, thermal scanning and have to also ensure that their entire premises are frequently sanitised. It has also been made mandatory for all their employees to use the Arogya Setu app. Violations will be strictly dealt with, the order stated.

The News24 Goa