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TASMAC liquor shops in Chennai reopened on August 18, 2020.

The retail liquor shops run by TASMAC located within Chennai city limits were allowed to function from August 18, 2020.

The retail liquor shops run by TASMAC located within Chennai city limits were allowed to function from August 18, 2020.The state had shut all liquor shops owned by Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, liquor shops outside Chennai city were allowed to function from May 7, 2020. The Tamil Nadu government issued a notification on August 16, 2020, allowing the state-owned liquor shops to operate in Chennai city from August 18 between 10:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.

The notification stated that each TASMAC shop should allot only 500 tokens per day, adhering to social distancing norms and wearing face masks. However, all the TASMAC shops inside malls and containment zones would remain closed until further notice.

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