Good news for people in Maharashtra! The state government has issued guidelines for Hotels re-open in Maharashtra from 8 July. As part of Phase 5 of Mission Begin Again. The Maharashtra government has given permission to hotels, lodges, and guest houses to function with 33% capacity.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had a meeting with hoteliers earlier this week. And the permission for hotels to operate has been given only to places outside the contamination zone. Hence hotels in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nasik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola, Amaravati, and Nagpur won't open for business.
Some hotels are also being used as quarantine facilities and they are allowed to function as such. Unless decided otherwise by the district administration. For such establishments, they are allowed to function at 67% capacity.
As per the guidelines, precautionary measures for Hotels are mandatory. Proper crowd management inside the hotel as well as in parking lots needs to be taken care of. Thermal screening at the entrance, Pedal-operated hand sanitizers, , regular use of disinfectants, hand sanitizers for guests, and masks, gloves, and other protective gear for the staff are also mandatory.
Guests need to be asymptomatic and need to wear masks at all times. You can also expect to get a self-declaration form at the reception. The contact tracing app, Arogya Setu, has also been made mandatory for visitors.
The dining experience will also be different as hotels re-open in Maharashtra. To combat the spread of the virus, e-menu is being promoted. Gaming arcades, children play areas, swimming pools and gyms will remain close. Large gatherings are also prohibited in the state.