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Maharashtra eases Covid curbs further, extends timings of restaurants, malls

Thursday, August 12, 2021, 11:24 Hrs  [IST]

Amid mounting pressure from various quarters to provide further relaxations in Covid-19 curbs enforced in the state, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday extended working hours for hotels and restaurants till 10 pm. As of now, hotels and restaurants in the state were allowed to operate till 4 pm only.

The shopping malls in the state can also remain open till 10 pm, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said. Only people vaccinated with both doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be allowed in malls, he added.

Maharashtra govt issues SOPs

Detailed guidelines regarding the same were issued by the state government today. The state has announced major relaxations from 15 August.

Restaurants have been allowed to operate till 10 pm with 50% capacity.
All types of shops are allowed to stay open till 10 pm.
Maximum 200 people allowed for marriage ceremonies performed in open, 50% for enclosed halls.
Gyms, yoga centres, spas and salons will be allowed to remain open till 10 pm on all days with 50% capacity.

In rural areas, physical classes for 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 in urban areas will resume from 17 August.

“The hospitality industry thanks the Hon’ble Chief Minister – Shri Uddhav Thackeray, the Government authorities and the COVID-19 Task Force for easing the restrictions. Restaurants will now be able to make some business which was just impossible while operating until 4 pm. The industry, including owners and people employed in it, has suffered for over sixteen months of income deprivation. We were hoping that since restaurants continue to operate at only 50 per cent capacity, the Government could have allowed us to remain open till midnight. However, the CM has kept his promise, and we welcome this move and expect more easing of restrictions shortly. Also, while restaurants are eager to invite their patrons back to their favourite restaurants, we also remain committed to serving them in the safest of environments. The industry assures the Government that it will continue to follow all the SOPs and COVID safety protocols stringently,” says Sherry Bhatia, President, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI).


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