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Goa says bars, liquor vends to close early


PANAJI
Goa’s reputation as India’s top low budget party destination could just be in peril as liquor stores have been told to shut shop early.

A state finance ministry order issued late Thursday, which officials say is aimed at curbing drinking in open public areas at night, has banned all liquor stores from selling liquor beyond 9 p.m., as against 11 pm earlier.

Menino D’Souza, commissioner the state excise department, which is in charge of implementing the order, said restaurants and bars too come under the ambit of the state finance ministry directive.

“Bars and restaurants can now serve alcohol only up to 1 a.m., unlike 5 a.m. earlier. Our regulation time for serving liquor is 11 p.m. To stay open up to 1 a.m., restaurants and bars will have to avail of a special licence,” Menino said.

Full report here Times of India

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