Chief Correspondent, New Delhi: Covid-19 Herbal hookahs are allowed to be served in the bar if proper protocol and other required conditions are followed. The Delhi government had given this information in the Delhi High Court. Delhi government’s counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi has asked Justice V. Kameshwar Rao said the petitioner’s case comes under the order of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority dated February 4, which has allowed bars and restaurants to operate with 50 per cent seating capacity.

Prosecutors said the applicants would have to give a written assurance to the court that they would strictly follow the Kovid-19 proper practice when serving herbal hookah as ordered by the court on November 11, 2021. The court said the order allowing the applicant to serve herbal hookah would remain in effect until the next hearing date.

What did the petitioner’s lawyer say in court?
Advocate Anubhav Singh, appearing for the petitioner Messrs. Punter House Cafe, argued that the officials interfering in the sale and service of herbal tested hookah in the restaurant violated Articles 14 and 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution of India. . The Delhi government was directed to file a counter affidavit on the application. It challenges the Department of Health and Family Welfare’s August 3, 2020 order banning the use of hookah in public places, with or without tobacco, in the wake of the global epidemic.

The government banned hookah
Tripathi said the law prohibits smoking in public places and restaurants and bars also fall under public places, so the Delhi government has banned the serving of hookah. In light of the health department’s order, the court on November 11 ruled that the COVID-19 ban could not be allowed to continue at the expense of livelihood. The court approved the sale of the herbal hookah. The next hearing in the case is set for April 20.

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