Unlock 5.0: Maharashtra to decide on reopening restaurants, eateries, bars soon; prepares guidelines 

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Thackeray reportedly gave an ‘in principle’ nod to reopen the restaurants and bars in the state from October first week, said a hotel and restaurant association body

In a major relief, Maharashtra government on Monday said that a decision to re-open restaurants, bars and eatery outlets in the state would be taken soon.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said it has prepared guidelines to restart restaurant operations and submitted to authorities concerned.

“Once finalised, a decision to reopen restaurants will be taken,” stated Thackeray in a meeting with representatives of restaurant business associations.

Meanwhile, Thackeray reportedly gave an ‘in principle’ nod to reopen the restaurants and bars in the state from October first week, said a hotel and restaurant association body on Monday.

National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) president Anurag Katriar said in a tweet that the Maharashtra chief minister gave an in principle approval to reopen from the first week of October, reported The Economic Times.

“Thank you @CMOMaharashtra Shri @OfficeofUT for giving your nod to open dine in services in Maharashtra from the first week of Oct. It is a massive help to the beleagured sector and it's employees. Thank you. @AUThackeray @NRAI_India,” he tweeted.

The Maharashtra government’s announcement came ahead of Unlock 5.0 which will come into effect from October 1. It is expected that the Centre may announce more relaxations for the people as the festive season is round the corner.

Unlock 4.0 will end on September 30 and the Centre gave significant relaxations like resumption of Metro services for the first time since March, and partial reopening of schools for Classes 9-12.

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) extended gratitude towards Thackeray for his government’s decision to reopen the hotel and restaurants in the state from next month.

HRAWI appealed the government in a tweet to waive excise licence fees for six months of the closure period due to lockdown and the deadline for deferment of payment towards the first instalment of the excise licence fee beyond September 30.

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