The Maharashtra government has permitted all restaurants and eateries to function till midnight, according to a government notification issued by the state’s Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte on Tuesday.
The notification comes a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting with the state’s COVID Task Force and directed officials to prepare guidelines for extending the operational hours for restaurants and shops.
“… all restaurants and eateries may be allowed to function till midnight and all other establishments that have been allowed to function by the government may be allowed to function till 11 PM,” the notification said.
राज्यातील सर्व रेस्टॉरेंट आणि खाद्यपदार्थाची दुकाने रात्री १२ वाजेपर्यंत तर इतर दुकाने रात्री ११ वाजेपर्यंत सुरू ठेवण्यास परवानगी. राज्य सरकारकडून नियमावली जाहीर. pic.twitter.com/b210isr80Z
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The state government has allowed the reopening of amusement parks, theatres, and drama theatres from October 22.
However, water rides in amusement parks have still not been permitted, it added.
“We are slowly relaxing the restrictions and the number of patients seems to be decreasing. We are also reopening cinemas and theatres from October 22. There is a constant demand to extend the working hours of restaurants and shops,” a statement quoting Thackeray had said.