The Federation of Hotel andRestaurant Associationof India (FHRAI) said it will write to the governments ofMaharashtraand Gujarat to lift night curfew in both states, after Karnataka rolled back the measure on Thursday evening.
“We are writing to both state governments now to reverse night curfew orders, since the curfews will severely dent the New Year business of the hospitality industry. Hotels and restaurants are very safe options for people to celebrate, with protocols being strictly adhered to,” Pradeep Shetty, senior vice president, FHRAI, told ET.
Earlier this week, the Maharashtra government had announced a night curfew across all cities and municipal corporation areas in the state, from 11 pm to 6 am from Tuesday, for a 15-day period till January 5, 2021. Officials representing the hospitality industry said this would have a massive impact on New Year celebrations.
Shetty said the industry has, in fact, requested the government to be allowed to operate for two extra two hours in December, which is the peak month for celebrations.
Likewise, Gujarat, which is also a large market for dining out, also has a night curfew in place between 9 pm and 6 am in large cities such as Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot.
The Karnataka government announced that it was withdrawing the night curfew in the state “after receiving feedback from the public that this is not needed and after discussing the decision with senior officials”.
The hospitality industry was banking on Christmas and New Year to revive sales in a year which has seen mass shutdowns and restrictions such as early closures and curbs on serving alcohol even after the nationwide lockdown was lifted in May.(Catch all theBusiness News,Breaking NewsEvents andLatest NewsUpdates onThe Economic Times.)
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