Major shops, hotels down shutters

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

PRAHA President Ganesh Shetty said, “During a meeting held between the commissioner of police and members of PRAHA, it was decided that all restaurants, bars should be closed from Wednesday to Friday.”

PUNE: The Pune police on Tuesday appealed to owners of major shops, hotels, eateries and bars to down shutters as a social distancing measure to combat the novel Coronavirus, said an official. The police, as a part of voluntary measures, were seen visiting shops, hotels.

The police officials were appealing to their owners to shut their shops on Ferguson College, Jungli Maharaj roads and in Camp.

Pune Restaurant and Hoteliers Association (PRAHA) President Ganesh Shetty said, “During a meeting held between the commissioner of police and members of PRAHA, it was decided that all restaurants, bars should be closed from Wednesday to Friday.”

By morning, several shops were open but as soon the police reached Ferguson College Road, several eatery owners downed their shutters.

Mayank Choudhary, an eatery owner on Jungli Maharaj Road, said, “We opened our shops in the morning but as soon as police appealed to us to close our shops as a preventive measures, we followed their instructions.”

Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shisve said, “We approached eateries, restaurants and shops with large footfalls and asked them to remain closed voluntarily. In the view of the current situation, social distancing is an essential tool to contain further spread of the virus.”

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