New Delhi: The Maharashtra government has allowed hotels with FL III licenses to take in new liquor stock and sell it till the lockdown gets over, through an order passed by the state’s excise department on Thursday. The order was passed by state's excise commissioner Kantilal Umap.The state's excise department has also permitted both residents and incoming guests in hotels to consume alcohol within the hotel premises. The Maharashtra government, through an order on Monday, allowed hotels and other accommodation providers to resume operations with restricted entry and at 33% capacity outside containment areas from July 8. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), a part of national body Federation of Hotels & Restaurants Associations of India (FHRAI) had said it expects about 25 to 40 % of hotels across Maharashtra to re-open in the first week. Piyush Rathi, a hotelier from Buldana district said the local administration in his district has denied permissions to operate. The government's order had stated hotel entities will be subject to the provisions of the order dated 29 June 2020, wherein the concerned district collectors or commissioners of the municipal corporations can enforce generic measures and restrictions in specified local areas on the permitted non-essential activities.Previously in May, the Maharashtra government had allowed hotels and restaurants to sell their existing stock of alcohol for off premises consumption. As per the new order on July 9, hotels can also take in new stock and they are supposed to sell liquor at MRP rates. HRAWI said it has asked its members to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as outlined in the COVID-19 guidelines specifically designed for the hospitality industry. The association said with travel restrictions still in place and with a lot of hotel staff unavailable, the initial phase after re-opening may remain subdued.