ET has seen a copy of the letter sent by Valsa Nair Singh, principal secretary, civil aviation and state excise to HRAWI. The Mission Begin order passed by the government on Monday had not mentioned if restaurants were allowed to operate, causing confusion in the industry. Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, president, HRAWI had written to the government seeking clarifications on the matter.
In her letter, Singh said: "Restaurants are not allowed to operate as per the latest order. Only hotels have been allowed with 100% capacity. Restaurants inside the hotel are allowed to open for only inhouse guests. The opening of restaurants is under the active consideration of the government and the same will be communicated as and when the decision is made at the appropriate time by the competent authority."
Currently, restaurants in the state are only allowed to operate for takeaways and deliveries.
Besides curbs on restaurant operations, the state govermment has also decided to keep bars shut. Bars are not mentioned in the list of prohibited activities in the new Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines, prompting states such as West Bengal to permit liquor consumption in restaurants in the state through a new order this week.
Anurag Katriar, president, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) had told ET previously he didn't expect the easing of restrictions on bars in Maharashtra considering the continuing surge in cases in the state.
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1 Comment on this Story
E M51 days ago
In my opinion government of Maharashtra is handling the Coronavirus in very right manner. cinema, Gyms Malls and Resturants should be opened last after vaccine is there properly time tested, only necessary should be opened.***SIMPLE LIVING***STOP WASTAGES***REDUCE COST***REDUCE RETIREMENT AGE TO 55 YEARS TO GIVE JOBS TO YOUTH***REDUCE PUBLIC SECTOR PAYMENTS BY 50%***REDUCE MUMBAI PROPERTY TAX FROM 01-01-2020***