Industry body FHRAI to approach MHA for relaxation on hotels

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Hospitality industry body Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) is planning to approach the ministry of home affairs (MHA) for some relaxation for the hospitality sector after select economic activities were allowed to resume operations from April 20.

The union home ministry had last week issued revised guidelines on the Covid-induced nationwide lockdown that allowed some sectors to reopen in order to mitigate hardship to the public.

“FHRAI will be approaching the government to extend the relaxation to the hospitality sector as well,” FHRAI vice president Gurbaxish Singh Kohli said. “With so many new sectors being granted relaxation, they will need to be catered to by way of food and accommodation. Even if in limited capacity, we are hoping that hotels and restaurants will be allowed to operate.”

Hospitality services remain prohibited as per the guidelines except for hotels, homestays, lodges and motels that are

per the guidelines except for hotels, homestays, lodges and motels that are accommodating stranded tourists and persons in the lockdown or the ones that are accommodating medical and emergency staff, and the air and sea crew.

As per the guidelines, the limited exemptions will be operationalised by states, union territories and district administrations based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines.

The home ministry order also said that before allowing these select activities, states, union territories and district administration will ensure that all preparatory arrangements with regard to the standard operating procedures for social distancing in offices, workplaces, factories and establishments as also other sectoral requirements are in place.

The order stated all health services will remain functional besides agricultural activities such as manufacturing distribution and retail of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds, and operations of tea, coffee, and rubber plantations. It also allowed the IT and ITeS services to be allowed to operate with 50% staff strength, besides allowing manufacturing units of essential goods like drugs and pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control in special Anumeha Chaturvedi 0 Comments Save The Indian tourism and hospitality industry is staring at potential job losses of around 38 million, which is 70% of India’s total workforce, due to Covid-19, according to FHRAI. COVID-19 CASES Confirmed Deaths 62,939 2,109 Not to be Missed A well-crafted fiscal package is what India needs Laid-off workers get priority on online India World Search for News, Stock Quotes & NAV’s Advertising Consultancy / Audit Education Hotels / Restaurants Property / C’straction Retail Travel Home Industry Auto Banking/Finance Cons. Products Energy Ind’l Goods/Svs Healthcare/Biotech Services More 5/11/2020 Industry body FHRAI to approach MHA for relaxation on hotels – The Economic Times PM Modi Coronavirus in India LIVE Coronavirus cases in India LG polymers gas leak Vizag Coronavirus precautions Coronavirus in Delhi Coronavirus in Kerala Congress Narendra Modi Rahul Gandhi Amit Shah Mamata Banerjee Politics Trending Terms Three experts appointed members of NDMA NDMA issues guidelines for restarting industrial activities to avoid Vizag-type tragedy ‘Extremely severe’ cyclone ‘Fani’ to hit south of Puri Friday: NDMA NDMA conducts training program on chemical emergencies at Bengaluru Airport Heavy to very heavy rains likely at some places in 22 states: NDMA NEXT STORY Hotels FHRAI MHA Lockdown Restaurants Coronavirus economic zones (SEZs) and export-oriented units (Eos) industrial estates and industrial townships. FHRAI had said last week that with every necessary extension, reviving the hospitality industry will get more difficult without any specific announcements for relief and that with the new extension, besides the revenues of both the industry and the government, employment too will get jeopardized. The Indian tourism and hospitality industry is staring at potential job losses of around 38 million, which is 70% of India’s total workforce, due to Covid-19, according to FHRAI.