After six months of the shutdown, restaurants and dining facilities in Maharashtra are all set to reopen from today. While in the rest of the country the hospitality sector was opened up much earlier, in Maharashtra restaurants, bars & cafes will be opening up from October 5, 2020 onwards.
The dine-in facility will be reopened at 50% capacity and will adhere to several restrictions by following guidelines of the Maharashtra government that were issued last week. The coronavirus pandemic has affected the state of Maharashtra the most, hence the state government had to enforce stricter norms and guidelines to check the spread of the virus.
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On Saturday, the tourism department in Maharashtra allowed the reopening of restaurants, bars and cafes from Monday. The standard operating procedure for restaurants and diners include- pre-booking of seats to ensure only 50% capacity is there at a time, proper seating arrangements, thermal checking, and frequent sanitization and maintaining the hygiene standards, hospitality norms and Covid precautionary measures to be up to mark, washroom hygiene, digital/ disposable paper menus, and Covid appropriate behavior to be strictly followed.
Not just this, it is mandatory for customers to abide by Covid norms, they have to wear masks throughout their stay and undergo thermal screening before entering the eatery. Restaurant owners have been asked to keep a tab on the contact details of every customer, so as to ramp up contract tracing in an aggressive manner.
As of now, Live entertainment and buffet services will not be allowed. Maharashtra is one of the worst-hit states of India with around 14,43,409 cases. The death toll in the state has risen to 38,084. However, the Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday said the Covid-19 recovery rate in the state has improved and the fatality rate dropped due to changing protocol in treatment.
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