There’s good news: In a major relief to restaurants, bars, and eatery outlets in twin city, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has allowed them to remain open from 8 am to 11.30 pm from Friday. Gymnasiums and fitness centres also (Gyms to open) allowed to resume operations from Dussehra on October 25 from 5 am to 9 pm. This comes after the order issued by the MBMC Commissioner Dr Vijay Rathod on Friday.
Restaurants, bars, hotels, and food courts had allowed operating till 10 pm from October 9. But, at their recent meeting with the civic chief, delegates from Kashimira Hospitality & Entertainment sought permission to extend the timing till 1.30 am.
However, the MBMC’s order allowed restaurants, bars, hotels, and food courts to remain open from 8 am to 11.30 pm.
“Restaurant closing time limit extended from today from 10.00 pm to 11:30 pm,” said Uday Shetty, Secretary of the Association.
However, the association has asked the permission until 1:30 am. The Maharashtra government on October 7 had issued guidelines for timings of restaurants and bars. Hotels, food courts, restaurants, and bars in the state have been allowed to resume their operations from October 5. They allowed with a capacity not exceeding 50 per cent or as prescribed by local authorities.
Gym and fitness centre to opens from Dussehra
Closed since the coronavirus-induced lockdown began in March, gyms will have to operate in strict adherence with the standard operating procedures (SOP) released by the government.
Stressing on the strict compliance of SOPs, Commissioner said, “Gyms to open from Dussehra. However, gyms and fitness centres have a close link with public health. This should always be kept in mind. We are allowing gyms and fitness centre from 5 am to 9 pm. The number of (Covid-19) patients is now declining, but we must stay alert. We are slowly relaxing restrictions but everyone must ensure that this does not lead to complacency.”
Gym owners must ensure that the SOPs strictly followed. Police will take action on owners if violations took place in gyms.
“Bars, hotels or gym in the containment zone will remain closed. They have permission to do the business with 50 per cent capacity. Police will book the violators under Sections 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, Epidemic Control Act, 1897. Police will take action under section 188 of IPC, 1860,” said Dr Vijay Rathod.