MUMBAI: Christmas and New Year's Eve parties in Mumbai hotels, bars and pubs will be allowed to go on till 5am as opposed to 1.30am currently. And those who wish to celebrate at home will also be able to buy liquor from shops till 1am against the 10.30 pm now.
The excise department has allowed all types of permit rooms and liquor shops to continue till 5am and 1am, respectively, on December 24, 25 and 31. Although the excise department has given its permission, bar and pub owners are awaiting police clearance, which they say is crucial. This, even as TOI reported that the state government had made it clear that soon permit rooms, eating houses, lodges and swimming pools would no longer require police permission to operate.