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    Hospitality industry associations send recommendations for Unlock 4.0

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    These are some of the recommendations put forth to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and tourism ministry by hospitality and travel industry associations for Unlock 4.0. A tourism ministry official said the ministry is evaluating the suggestions.

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    Subhash Goyal, secretary general at Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) said there should be uniform quarantine procedures across states.
    New Delhi: Facilitate easing and uniformity of quarantining norms for interstate travel, ask states to adopt dual testing mechanisms for arriving travellers, allow bars to reopen and permit liquor services in restaurants, base limits for social gatherings on size of the hotels and convention halls in place of capping the limit for events like weddings at 50 people.

    These are some of the recommendations put forth to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and tourism ministry by hospitality and travel industry associations for Unlock 4.0.

    A tourism ministry official said the ministry is evaluating the suggestions.

    In a letter to MHA on August 26, The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) said to facilitate domestic travel, quarantine norms need to be relaxed by the central and state governments. “We would request the MHA to formulate a uniform quarantine policy across all states in the country as the present system of state specific quarantine norms is creating a lot of confusion and inconvenience to the travellers,” Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, VP,FHRAI stated in the letter.

    The association has also said the ministry should recommend a dual testing system of rapid antigen tests and RT-PCR tests to states by instituting a test protocol at the point of entry for restarting the tourism sector as they can do away with mandatory quarantine procedures and can deliver results in a shorter duration.

    FHRAI said the meeting segment is a very vital component of the hospitality industry and its revival will bring a great impetus to the economic revival of the industry, so it recommends revisiting the meeting norms commensurate to the size of the venue for events.

    Subhash Goyal, secretary general at Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) said there should be uniform quarantine procedures across states.

    “If the tourism ministry is saying it will focus on domestic tourism, then there need to be uniform quarantine policies and anybody with a negative Covid test should not be quarantined in a mandatory manner. We have also asked for an inter-state task force to be set up to be headed by the tourism minister. We should also open more flights to more destinations and should target countries like South East Asia. We are also seeking an extension of at least six months on the moratoriums,” he added.
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