Punjab issues Guidelines for phased reopening of restaurants, hotels etc.

Chandigarh, June 23, 2020: The Punjab Government
today issued detailed
guidelines for normal opening of
restaurants, hotels and other hospitality
services.
Earlier, the Punjab Government
had issued guidelines for phased
reopening of places of worship,
hotels, restaurants, other hospitality
services and shopping malls.
In these guidelines, the state government
has relaxed the conditions
for opening of all types of hospitality
services.
Disclosing this here today, an official
spokesperson of the Punjab
Government said the restaurants are
allowed with ‘dine-in’ facility till 8
pm with 50% occupancy or 50
guests, whichever is less.
The management would comply
with the SOPs under which restaurants
in hotels are allowed to serve
food, including buffet meals, upto
50% of their seating capacity or 50
guests, whichever is less.
In addition, the restaurants would
also be open to persons other than
hotel guests but the timings for both
the hotel guests as well as persons
from outside would be till 8 pm.
However the bars in the hotels
shall remain closed but liquor could
be served in the rooms and restaurants,
as permitted under the excise
policy of the State.
He informed that marriages, other
social functions and ‘Open-Air’ parties
in banquet halls, marriage
palaces, hotels and open venues
could be organised upto fifty persons.
The number of guests exclusive of
catering staff would not exceed 50
persons.
The size of banquet hall and venue
for 50 persons shall at least be 5,000
sq. feet based on requirement of 10′
x10′ area for a person for the purpose
of maintenance of adequate
social distancing.
He added that the bars would continue
to remain closed in banquet
halls/marriage palaces. However
liquor could be served in the function
as per the excise policy of the
State.
The SOPs for hotels and other
hospitality services would be strictly
followed.
The management of hotels and
other hospitality services would be
obliged to comply with the SOPs of
union health ministry.
District authorities have also been
directed to ensure compliance of
guidelines and other SOP depending
upon the local situation.
The district authorities could also
impose additional restrictions as
deemed necessary, he added.

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