Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, on Sunday, informed about the state’s plan to reopen restaurants and hotels in Maharashtra. He said that the decision will be taken after the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are finalised. The CM said the hotel industry played a crucial role in the tourism sector.
The CM was addressing the association members through a video conference when he made these remarks. “We are working on the norms and modalities under which the hotels and restaurants will function. Once these are finalised, we will allow them to function under ‘Mission Begin Again’.”
Aaditya Thackery was also present in the meeting said “The Hotel industry has played an important role since day one of the COVID-19 outbreak by housing frontline warrior in hotel and lodges”
In a bid to reopen industries in a staggered manner in the state, the Thackeray government had last month launched the ‘Mission Begin Again’ or Unlock 1.
Urging the hotel industry not to retrench workers as the ‘Mission Begin Again’ is underway; the CM said reopening would be done carefully with the emphasis on health and safety.
Thackeray said “(Factors like) SoPs, regulation and self-regulation, work force strength, health safety measures etc. are very much important,”
Due to lockdown the hotel and restaurant industry is losing over 6 crore per day.
Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar said, “We cannot allow operation of 100 per cent hotels in one go. Therefore we are planning to reopen it in phases, considering all the necessary aspects.”
– Davinder Panesar, NMTV News