Bengaluru eager to get back to business


Restaurants, pools, filmmakers say they are ready to take all precautions and request government to open it up

As Covid cases are ebbing, many businesses that are still facing restrictions are appealing to the government to ease relaxations so that they can get on with their work.

Restaurants and pubs have been restricted with a series of SOPs — only 50 per cent dining capacity allowed, can’t function beyond 9 pm and not allowed to serve draught beer. Udayshankar Shenoy, Owner & Chef, Lazy Suzy, said: “We are not in a position to put forth demands as the restrictions are due to the pandemic.

However, we can only make an appeal to the government. Now that a significant percentage of the population is vaccinated and cases have reduced, it would be great if the government could extend the night curfew from 9 pm to 11pm. Dinner business is the main revenue earner, especially towards weekends.”



The restauranteurs are ready to provide utmost safety and hygiene. “The restaurant can only ensure that it follows all covid-appropiate behaviour pertaining to its staff and premises. The guests have a big responsibility in making sure they adhere to the CAB. Thus, both restaurants and guests have an equal role to play,” he added.

Adding to Shenoy’s opinion, Debaditya Chaudhury, managing director of Chowman, said that due to the 9 pm curfew, they are witnessing a lower footfall at their dine-in Bengaluru outlet in Kalyan Nagar. “However, since most of our outlets in Bengaluru are cloud kitchens, our delivery services somewhat have compensated the sale.”

“We are already operating our dine-in in Kolkata after 9 pm and all the proper sanitation measures, hygiene protocols of kitchen staff have been meticulously adopted.

We have switched to touch-less menu ordering with QR codes and mandated hygiene protocol and sanitisation of every touch point inside our kitchen. So, there won’t be any issues once the government imposes relaxation,” he said.

Chaudhury said he is truly looking forward to a quick recovery for dine-in services that can only happen with some government relaxation. “The govt should come out with a clear policy about how businesses like the food industry will operate, in a way that the govt guidelines will help and support it to overcome these difficult times.

Also, a dedicated team should be made to address industry issues and guide us during this crisis would be much appreciated,” Shenoy said.

The restaurant can only ensure that it follows all CAB pertaining to its staff and premises

– Udayshankar Shenoy, Lazy Suzy

Want ‘full house’

Representatives from Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce

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have already petitioned the CM that it was not right to cap the audience limit as it will hit their business. Film makers argued that they were incurring huge losses due to seat caps. Many big budget films were not released as they wanted the full audience and as a result, the work was hampered. Due to this, the jobs of thousands of people were at stake. Currently, the State Government is allowing a 50 pc audience in cinema halls. However, as no big movies are releasing, not many are flocking the theatres and hence even those shows which are currently being aired at halls are running on empty.

Gyms want full power

Many gym owners say that it was time to allow the full capacity. A gym owner said, “Most of our lives depend on the income from gyms/pools. A majority of us are from lower middle class families. As the cases are going down, it is better to allow gyms to function capacity as we will follow the strict Covid Appropriate Behaviour. Gymnasiums are a good way to boost the health of individuals which is very important.”

We want to pool in

Many from swimming associations have been waiting for the pools to open. As of now, only athletes participating in international events are allowed. A senior swimmer who didn’t want to be named said chlorinated water has proved to be a best deterrent to viruses. “There has not been a single report that a practising swimmer has tested positive to covid from the pool. Not allowing swimming is ridiculous. It really baffles me as to when you can throw open every sport except swimming. In fact, if you look at football or even gymming, there can be a lot of possibilities of lack of physical distance. But, swimming is safe in chlorinated water (if maintained at a certain level),” he said.

He said they can ask the swimmers to come directly home in a swimsuit, ask them not to use changing rooms and go back in swimsuits to take a shower at home.

Swimming pool associations say that they have been severely hit by the long shutdown. With no clarity on re-opening of swimming, most of the pools are in a disarray.

Earlier pools were cleaned on a daily basis and now most have not even been touched for the last many months.



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