Madras high court orders closure of Tasmac liquor shops in Tamil Nadu, permits online sale and home delivery by Sekar Reporter · May 8, 2020 Neyveli Boiler Blast|Chennai Lockdown|Tamil Nadu Coronavirus Helpline Number|Chennai CITI Bank IFSC Code|Chennai Axis Bank IFSC Code|SBI Chennai IFSC CodeTOIOPEN APPMORE FROM TOITop NewsMask IndiaCovid-19 UpdatesCITYMadras high court orders closure of Tasmac liquor shops in Tamil Nadu, permits online sale and home deliverySureshkumar | TNN | Updated: May 8, 2020, 19:18 ISTTNNLiquor is being sold at a shop in Madurai. Photo by K Antony XavierGet Notifications on latest Chennai NewsCHENNAI: In an embarrassment to the Tamil Nadu government, the Madras high court on Friday ordered closure of Tasmac liquor shops in the state till the lockdown is lifted. However, the court permitted the sale through online and home delivery modes.A special division bench of Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana passed the interim order in view of the blatant violation of the conditions imposed by the court to permit reopening of Tasmac shops from May 7.READ MORE FROM TOI+It is unclear if recovered Covid-19 patients develop long-term immunity. A look at what is known about immunity to the novel coronavirusAs the digital divide in classrooms widened due to lockdown, low-tech solutions are closing the gap in rural and low-income urban areasThe court passed the order on a batch of pleas moved by various petitioners, including actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam, alleging violation of all the conditions imposed by the court, particularly strict implementation of social distancing in such shops.On May 4, the Tamil Nadu government passed an order (GO) announcing that Tasmac liquor shops would reopen on May 7. The shops would function between 10am and 5pm. The order added that strict social distancing norms would be implemented and additional staff would be deputed to each shop to control crowd.Tipplers waiting to buy liquor near Chennai on Thursday (Photo by B A Raju)Aggrieved, petitioners, including lawyers, approached the court challenging the GO. On May 6, the court refused to stay the reopening but imposed a series of conditions to permit liquor sale during lockdown.The court also directed the government to implement rationing by permitting one person to purchase only one bottle of liquor (750 ml) per day if payment is made by cash.