Hotels & restaurants to reopen by the first week of October in Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts!

Establishments are permitted to function at 50% of their potential following the norms of social distancing

The Maharashtra Cabinet has permitted around 4 lakh hotels, bars, restaurants and eateries in the state, majorly set in Mumbai Metropolitan Region to resume functions at 50% of their capacity starting October. The decision is likely to affect around 60 lakh direct employees and 1.8 crore indirect employees involved in the hospitality sector, which has faced a major brunt of the almost 7-month long nationwide coronavirus lockdown and the consequent phased unlocking process.


The Unlock Relief

lh3.googleusercontent.com

The state government has assured hospitality industry organisations and independent hoteliers and restauranteers that they can resume operations at 50% of their absolute potential in a meeting with the Chief Minister on Monday. The state has also emphasized on the establishment of a detailed standard operating procedure which will be drafted and finalised soon. Post the clearance of requisite permissions with the state, around 4 lakh establishments would be allowed to re-start operations from the first week of October, just ahead of the Navratri celebrations in Mumbai and other state districts.

This brings a wave of major relief to the entire hospitality sector that was struggling to operate at 40% capacity. Though many restaurant owners claim that 50% potential is also impractical to produce profits, owners have welcomed the relief as it will assist in paying their due overhead expenses over long business shut down, help increase the scope of employment which has been negligible for the last 7 months and also generate revenue for the Government. The state may also favour a concession or relief in the excise fee license for restaurants owing to the industry handicap in the last 6 months, as the CM has agreed to view the draft for the same with positive consideration.

The hospitality industry is a revenue-generating machine, especially with its excise and local license fees that rounds up to around ₹18000 crore in the state. The decision will impact the axillary industries associated with that of hospitality as well, producing a higher estimate of taxes and revenues.

Is this a solution?

www.hotelierinc.com

Most hotels and restaurants are surviving at a diminished employee body along with serving potential; majorly operating through home deliveries. This lull and reduced labour force has been identified as a homogenous effect in the entire industry- be it small or large businesses. Most employees have returned to their native places and have refused to return till a specific and effective solution, that is a vaccine, is developed. The local staff that live in suburban regions are also facing commute issues as the local trains remain off the charts for them.

The hoteliers are now facing the issue of convincing their staff to return to work. This coupled with the government SOP that halves the serving potential, hotels and restaurants continue to remain in a state of acute trouble.

UP launches 1535 women help desks across all state police stations under Mission Shakti's wing

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh inaugurated the help desks in the state on Friday.

Uttar Pradesh's domestic initiative to improve and secure women safety under the umbrella of the Mission Shakti campaign gains momentum as 1535 women help desks launch with immediate effect across all police stations in the state. These help desks have been set-up with the idea of easing women comfortability in sharing problems and approaching police personals who are usually men.

Keep reading... Show less

COVID-19 treatment clocks 70% success rate with Remdesivir, plasma steroid combination in Goa

Goa to increase testing capacities to conduct 2,000 to 2,500 tests daily.

Obtaining a treatment strategy with the combination of antiviral Remdesivir, plasma and steroid treatment for COVID-19 patients, the state of Goa has attained a 70% success rate informed the Health Minister on Friday, and further stated that Goa will continue the successful treatment protocol along with a continually evolving arrangement to administer and treat post COVID-19 complications with a holistic approach and proper follow-ups.

Keep reading... Show less

To mark RK Laxman's 100th birthday, Jaipur's Merry Lands School to install the 'Common Man' statue!

This iconic character has been an ideal representation of the dreams, hopes and aspirations of an average Indian.

To mark the centenary year of RK Laxman's birth, The Merry Land School in Jaipur's Malviya Nagar area has planned on installing the statue of one of his most popular fictitious character, the Common Man. This iconic character has been an ideal representation of the dreams, hopes and aspirations of an average Indian and this model statue will further commemorate Laxman's special connection with the city of Jaipur.

Keep reading... Show less

Brewtiful Times in Lucknow are back with The Drowning Street's Beer Bladder Burst challenge!

This weekend, chug unlimited beer at The Drowning Street for ₹599 only.

Dear beer-lovers, book your date this weekend for The Drowning Street in Lucknow. The restobar has come up with an offer you just can't let pass- unlimited beer at just ₹599! But, here's the catch- you beer supply stops the minute you get up for a pee break. So, if you are someone who chugs beer like water and boasts of great bladder control, rush to The Drowning Street in Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar and chug all that you can!

Keep reading... Show less
A pall of gloom has descended on travel and tourism stakeholders in Rajasthan with the state Tourism Department indicating the world-famous Pushkar Fair is headed for cancellation this year in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Keep reading... Show less

Subscribe to our newsletter

Newsletter

Most Read

Headlines

Lucknow

Kanpur

Trending

Jaipur

Indore

Goa

Mumbai