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COVID-19: 'We can't remain closed any longer,' say restaurant owners

Updated on: 03 August,2020 07:10 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Arita Sarkar |

As malls gear up to open on August 5, BMC to decide on restaurants either today or tomorrow, as it thrashes out safeguards and restrictions with stakeholders

COVID-19: 'We can't remain closed any longer,' say restaurant owners

A worker in a PPE suit sprays disinfectant to sanitise Growel's 101 mall in Kandivli ahead of its reopening on August 5. Pic/Satej Shinde


After the green signal to malls, the state government and civic body are thinking about re-opening restaurants and a decision is likely this week. Continuing with the process of unlocking the city, given the high number of vacancies in the CCC1 and CCC2 facilities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to return several such rented properties with a rider that they will be taken back, in case of a second wave of infections.

While malls have been allowed to open from August 5, restaurants located within their premises are still waiting for approvals. Civic officials said that a discussion with the state is likely to take place either on Monday or Tuesday. Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner said, "The decision of whether to allow restaurants to open or not will be taken in the coming week and we will discuss the restrictions that would be required. The decision will apply to standalone restaurants as well as those within the malls."




A salesperson wearing a mask, cleans the glass door of a store ahead of Growel
A salesperson wearing a mask, cleans the glass door of a store ahead of Growel's 101 mall's reopening on August 5. Pic/Satej Shinde



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