Mumbai: Hotels in the state are finally reopening after a span of three months. Hotels were closed amid the coronavirus imposed lockdown from over three months. The state government took the decision on reopening hotels at 33 per cent sitting capacity after finalising a standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed.
Only hotels and lodges which are outside the containment zones will be allowed to reopen as part of mission Begin Again.
The Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier said that the reopening of hotels and restaurants needs to be done cautiously with an emphasis on safety measures and health. The number of guests will be capped at 33 per cent of total capacity. Requesting different companies, restaurants, hotels not to limit their workers, the CM said the hotel industry played a vital role in the tourism sector.
The order said, “Hotels and other entities providing accommodation services including lodges, guest house, etc outside containment zones with restricted entry. These establishments will operate 33 per cent capacity.”
The order stated, “The entities if being used as quarantine facilities will continue to be unused so unless decided otherwise by district/municipal administration. Similarly, some part or whole of the balance unused capacity (67 per cent) can also be used for quarantine facility by district or municipal corporation.”
In state, there are as many 1,50,000 hotels and 65,000 restaurants with a total staff of more than one lakh. Hotels can keep their restaurants open only for guests living in hotels, while standalone restaurants still have to wait for discussions. There will be compulsory thermal screening and reception tables hand sanitisers with pedal-operated distributers.
Also digital payments may be promoted. Limited entry into elevators is obligatory and rooms will be cleaned and sanitised each time a guest vacates. Large gatherings will be not allowed and meeting halls will be kept at 33 per cent capacity.