Government is slowly removing restrictions in order to restore normalcy in the country. In a bid to ease out the Covid-19 curbs, the Maharashtra government will allow restaurants and bars in Mumbai to reopen starting 5th October 2020.
As a part of phase 5 of the government’s Unlock plan. Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, announced the reopening of over 4 lakh restaurants, bars and hotels in Maharashtra.
There are approximately 1 lakh such restaurants in Mumbai alone. The annoucement gives a relief to the hardest hit hospitality industry, which gives employment to about 2.4 crore people and generates Rs. 18,000 crores in revenue.
Restaurants will be allowed to accommodate customers only in 50% of their premises. CCTVs are a must for every restaurant and entry will be allowed only to asymptomatic patients.
Sanitisers, thermal scanners and hygiene checks will be mandatory. Appropriate measures must be in place to maintain social distancing such as distance between two tables. Further, a register of customers will be maintained in order to enable contact tracing.