Mumbai: Restaurants and Bars Require Extended Hours of Operation | Bombay News


MUMBAI: Restaurants, bars and retailers here expressed dissatisfaction with a government decision to allow them to operate with a Tier 3 deadline at 4 p.m. (full closure on weekends), as the city reached the level 2 in terms of weekly Covid positivity rate.
In level 2 cities like Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune, restaurants are open until 11 p.m., even on weekends. At level 2, malls and theaters can operate at 50% capacity with normal closing hours. At level 3, malls and theaters cannot work.
The continued opening and closing of establishments according to level 3 leads to confusion among traders and hoteliers. The decision to determine lock and unlock based on the weekly positivity rate has caused unrest among traders, unsure whether they will be allowed to operate next week or frequently call staff, depending on the levels. Now, officials suggest a rate of positivity every two weeks to avoid confusion and ensure harmonious management of staff and services in establishments.
“We are disappointed with the decision to restrict level 3 after the city has moved to level 2. Restaurants and bars have been anxiously awaiting the reopening of businesses once the city moves to the next level, but such decisions are destabilizing things and make a mockery of the system and procedures announced by the administration, ”said Shivanand Shetty, president of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants, in a letter to civic leader Iqbal Chahal.

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