Mumbai: Ahead of the next phase of unlocking in the state under Mission Begin Again, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) submitted recommendations to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and heads of some departments seeking relaxation in operations.
HRAWI said the state should allow hotels to operate with full capacity. It proposed relaxation of restrictions on gatherings for social functions or meetings, by linking permissible number of guests based on size of venue.
“The industry’s biggest challenge is survival. One of the worst affected industries during this pandemic is the hospitality industry. We are in dire need of government support. Maharashtra government has been receptive and understands our woes,” said Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, president, HRAWI.
HRAWI also urged the government to allow sale of liquor at restaurants and recommended that open spaces and terraces be allowed to be used for dining. Restaurants can enforce social distancing, HRAWI vice-president Pradeep Shetty said on Friday.