Hookah is banned in restos, bars and hotels in Gurgaon.


In April this year, 17 pubs in Gurgaon’s Sector 29 were reportedly raided to unearth illegal items. hookedNumerous checks have been carried out on bars, and restaurants that illegally serve hookah. Recently, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a ban on serving hookah to customers in hotels, restaurants, bars and commercial establishments across the state. In hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars and night clubs in the state.

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‘This is a strong message from the Chief Minister to sober hookah drinkers’
Despite hookah being banned in 2011, some eateries continue to serve it. The authorities have conducted regular checks and raids on numerous bars that were serving hookah illegally. According to reports, the excise department also raided liquor stores in Gurgaon for allegedly serving flavored hookah. A Gurgaon-based restaurateur said, “The recent update is a strong message from the Chief Minister to those who drink hookah smartly. There are premises and some BYOB places that charge customers extra and make them illegal. I am hoping that there will be stricter checking at such places now. A staff member at a restaurant in Gurgaon’s Sector 29 added, “Some people in restaurants charge customers for extra fees. ‘Herbal’ serves hookah, although not on the restaurant premises. There should be strict scrutiny on this.
Can hookah be offered in Delhi and Noida?
According to restaurants, sale of herbal hookah is allowed in Delhi, but in Noida, sale of hookah is prohibited. Hookah smoking has been banned in Noida restos for the past few years. And we will continue to follow the rules until a change is clearly communicated by the authorities,” says Varun Khera, head of the Noida chapter of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI).).



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