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Bars, eateries and restaurants in Maharashtra may reopen from first week of October

Once approved by the CM, this move will come as a major relief to over 4-lakh outlets that have been impacted since the start of the lockdown in March.

Bars, eateries and restaurants in Maharashtra may reopen from first week of October
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The Unlock 4.0 is about to end on September 30 and give way to the next phase of Unlock. Ahead of the complete guidelines for Unlock 5.0, Maharashtra government has announced that restaurant, bars and eatery outlets in the state can start their operations from the first week of October. This comes as a major relief to 4 lakh outlets that had been impacted since the start of the lockdown in March.

To break the chain of coronavirus outbreak, India had decided to go into a nation-wide lockdown from March 22 and like other parts of the country, even Maharasthra was following a strict lockdown. Now with the lockdown restrictions being eased out, Uddhav Thackeray lead government has decided to take this step.

This decision was taken after a meeting between Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and industry organisation, AHAR. 

Commenting on this development, Shivanand Shetty, President, AHAR said, ““We are happy with the State Government’s decision of opening the restaurants from 1st week of October initially at 50 per cent capacity. On the SOPs, the Government has listed them and also asked for our suggestions. Safety of our customers is of prime importance for us and we will ensure the SOPs are followed. The Government is also working on our demands to waive off the license fee.”

Till now the eateries were only allowed to function as takeaway outlets and most people were relying on delivery apps such as Dunzo, Swiggy and Zomato to order their favourite food. The move to start eateries comes just before the country gets into another festive mode with the onset of Navratri from October 17.

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