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    Kejriwal announces delinking of hotels from hospitals as Delhi's COVID-19 situation improves

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    Kejriwal tweeted to say that the government had attached some hotels to hospitals to increase the availability of beds for Covid-19 patients and now, with the situation improving in the capital and all hotel beds lying vacant for “many days,” the hotels are being released.

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    NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said hotels attached to Covid-19 hospitals will be released in view of the improving situation in the capital.

    Hoteliers welcomed the decision and said the state government should now allow them to resume normal operations. Hotels in Delhi had been barred from operating regularly since March. The capital is still the worst-affected city in the country.

    Kejriwal tweeted to say that the government had attached some hotels to hospitals to increase the availability of beds for Covid-19 patients and now, with the situation improving in the capital and all hotel beds lying vacant for “many days,” the hotels are being released.

    On June 7, while allowing religious places, malls and restaurants to open, Kejriwal said hotels and banquet halls would stay shut because additional space may be required to treat patients due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

    “We commend the Delhi government for taking the much-needed step of releasing hotels from attached hospitals. We have maintained hotels are not the appropriate facilities for Covid care,” said Dipak Haksar, advisor to CII’s national committee on tourism and hospitality. “We request the government to now open the much-affected hospitality sector for regular operations.”

    The Delhi government had started requisitioning hotels to convert them into extended hospitals on May 29. The Delhi government had attached properties of chains including Accor, Hyatt, Indian Hotels Company and Radisson Hotels.

    Earlier this month, the Delhi government released three hotels including Taj Vivanta in Dwarka and Pride Plaza in AeroCity from the hospitals to which they were attached, citing non-utilisation of beds, but reversed the order three days later.

    SP Jain, managing director of Pride Group of Hotels, which runs the 400-room Pride Plaza in AeroCity, thanked the chief minister after the announcement on Wednesday.
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