Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) allowed hotels, lodges to reopen in non-containment zones from Wednesday with a 33 per cent maximum capacity. However, all the establishments would have to run with a set of guidelines issued by the administration on Monday.
After over a period of four months, the administration has allowed opening hotels, five-stars, lodges to recommence which has brought a sigh of relief to the hoteliers.
The order issued by PMC states that only limited people will be allowed in the elevators at a given time with social distancing should be followed compulsorily. The order further states that hotel reception counters must have glass protection covers and each and every individual entering the buildings must be scanned thermally.
The administration has also laid rules for the use of air-conditioners in the hotels. Also, hotel rooms will have to be kept closed for over 24 hours and curtains to bedsheets and other housekeeping resources must be changed once the guests’ checkout.
The order also explained that only those not showing any coronavirus symptoms will be permitted to enter these building premises. However, if any individual is suspected of the contagion, he/she has to be isolated in a separate room. Also, the use of masks, hand sanitisers, and maintaining social distancing is mandatory in the hotels. Hosting mass gatherings continues to be banned and hotels have been asked to focus on online services.
Meanwhile, the facilities which are used as COVID-19 care or isolation centres will remain to be used for the same purpose.