Restaurants, bars and eateries to re-open from next month

CM Uddhav Thackeray - Restaurant

Mumbai : Good news for the hotel and tourism industry of Maharashtra as the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government on Monday hinted that it would allow dine-it at restaurants from next month.

The chief minister office (CMO) here informed that the guidelines have been chalked out and sent to the concerned officials. After finalization and approval of the same, the government will give its nod to hotels and restaurants in the state to start dine-in services.

According to available information, the decision was taken after representatives of restaurant associations met the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, seeking permission to resume services. Currently, restaurants are only permitted to serve parcel and allow to do home deliveries.

The decision was welcomed by the industry and it said that Monday decision will help the industry to regenerate the employment that was stagnant since the last seven months because of the lockdown. According to them, it will also help to generate revenue for the government. The industry generates around Rs 18,000-crore revenue with majority in the form of excise and other local body licenses and fees every year. Other than social distancing, use of sanitisers, masks will be mandatory if government allows to operate the industry.

The reopening of the industry will also benefit about 60-lakh direct and around 1.8 -crore indirect employees in the hospitality sector across the state that is one of the worst-hit by the pandemic.

It was believed that around 4-lakh restaurant, bar and eatery outlets in Maharashtra would start their operations from the first week of October, just ahead of Navaratri, starting October 17.