Bengaluru eager to get back to business
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.
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
“We are already operating our dine-in in Kolkata after 9 pm and all the proper sanitation measures,
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’
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
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.