F&B industry requesting a reprieve on license fees amidst the coronavirus lockdown

F&B industry requesting a reprieve on license fees amidst the coronavirus lockdown

This Monday, the Maharashtra State Excise Department had mentioned that it will waive the 15% license fee hike announced in March if the F&B industry could pay their taxes before April 30. Restaurant and Hotel associations were also against the initial 15% license fee hike announced by the Excise Department. 

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) and Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR) have written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asking his department to revise the license fees along with an immediate reduction keeping the business environment in mind. 

An excerpt from the letter read “Business sentiment is at its lowest ebb ever and the industry is seeking urgent relief from both Union and the state government for its mere survival,” indicating that the government needs to act with haste. 

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NRAI president Anurag Katriar said - “We are currently shut for business for almost a month and there is no concrete date of resumption on the horizon either. With our meagre (sic) resources, we are prioritising the human needs of our employees.”

It’s no secret that the spread of the coronavirus is hitting the hospitality industry pretty hard. With people expected to stay at home, travelling or going out to restaurants aren’t allowed during the global pandemic. 

We learned today that a pizza delivery boy in South Delhi tested positive for the coronavirus. The authorities in the region have decided to place all contacts on home quarantine, while his colleagues have been put into institutional quarantine at a government facility, Delhi’s Minister of Health, Satyendar Jain said.

Additionally, a milkman belonging to Mumbai’s Marol slums tested positive for the coronavirus. While this could justifiably raise some concerns among the citizens, there is no need to panic. However, it is always recommended to order from reliable sources who have put in health and hygiene standards in place specifically for the coronavirus. 

In Mumbai, top grocers have established home delivery services with no reported case of transmission via delivery agents or food as of yet. In any case, it is recommended to heat your food before consumption just to be on the safer side.