Will Restaurants, Bars Open In September?
Bhubaneswar: The Unlock 4.0 guidelines of the Union Government and that issued by Odisha government on Monday have not specifically mentioned the closure of restaurants and bars during September like cinema halls, swimming pools and entertainment complexes.
The states will be reopening more activities in phases up to September 30 to revive the economy.
According to Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha, notification, activities that are not specifically prohibited/regulated/restricted are allowed subject to adherence to safety and health protocols and SOPs/guidelines issued by appropriate authorities.
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In August, the government, however, had to partially modify its July 31 order pertaining to the operation of restaurants in the state following heavy rush at the eating joints, compromising the protocol of physical distancing and increasing potential for spread of COVID-19.
Restaurants and hotels were then permitted to operate for home delivery takeaways of food. and so also, dhabas along national and state highways/major roads.
Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation expecting the caseload to cross 5000 by mid-September, will it be safe to open these places in the larger public interest?
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