Indian Hotel and Restaurants Association calls for support from the government of Maharashtra

MUMBAI: As Maharashtra extends pandemic-induced restrictions until June 15, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (AHAR) has written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, urging him to allow the reopening of hotels and restaurants. restaurants and provide financial assistance given the loss of income due to frequent disruptions due to lockdowns.

“After sharing the precarious situation of the industry and how certain measures can help revive the industry, we are optimistic about a positive outcome from the state government,” said Shivanand Shetty, chairman of the state government. ‘AHAR, the supreme body of the hotel industry. Maharashtra industry, adding that the ripple effect is being felt by other related sectors and that it is something that needs to be addressed at the earliest before it becomes irreparable.

Besides the resumption of catering services, AHAR has requested the vaccination of the workforce as a priority as they are constantly on the move due to the nature of their work and are exposed to residents, municipal authorities, vendors. etc., which in turn would also boost customer confidence.

Drawing attention to the dire situation the industry has been pushed into, she called for an extension of the FL III license renewal period (sale of alcohol) and a reduction in applicable fees for this year.

AHAR also requested an extension of the validity period for all licenses / authorizations / NOCs etc. MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) granted, in order to carry out its activities throughout the year. Finally, he asked for exemption from property tax for the period of confinement / partial confinement.

The Maharashtra government on Sunday extended the restrictions until June 15 despite a drop in covid-19 cases. Thackeray said relaxations would be given to each district based on the positivity rate and the availability of oxygen beds.

“Many are threatening to be agitated if the opening is not announced. I want to ask you to be patient. We haven’t imposed very strict containment. I don’t like to keep these restrictions. is the need of the hour, ”Thackeray said. declared in his address to the State.

In accordance with the decree of the state government, all establishments and businesses engaged in essential services may remain open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the positivity rate is less than 10% and the occupancy of oxygen beds is less than 40%. As per the guidelines, local authorities will have the power to decide whether or not non-essential stores can open and for how long.

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