Karnataka: Hotels, pubs cheer government reversal on night curfew | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Hospitality and other sectors on Thursday welcomed the state government’s U-turn on night curfew, but sought more clarity in future decisions that could affect their business.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday announced movement curbs during the hours 11pm-5am from December 24 to January 2.
After remonstrations from citizens and commercial establishments, he withdrew the order the next day, lifting the spirits of restaurants, malls, pubs and hotels that had feared losing crucial business of year-end festivities.
KM Chandrashekar Hebbar of the Karnataka Pradesh Hotels and Restaurants’ Association said that the government should not take hasty decisions. “They (government) are inconsistent, though they have now supported us by going back on the night curfew decision. I personally believe that the government should stand by its decision,” he said.
Sharath Rice, who owns Hangover pub in Koramangala, said that he was happy with the move to drop nighttime restrictions. “Pubs and hotels across the city have taken necessary precautions to operate safely. This confusion was avoidable,” Rice said. Many in the hospitality sector believe that back and forth on hours of operation causes anxiety among owners and forces them to constantly revise their plans. They add that the government should be clear while making decisions.
Chetan Hegde, the owner of 1522 chain of pubs, said that the government should issue a fresh clarification. “Just saying that the order has been revoked does not help. We need to know how to proceed. We cancelled our reservations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve because of the earlier order. Though the order has been withdrawn, we are not sure if people will come as planned before,” he said.
Malls were under pressure to down shutters much before 11pm, so the staff could reach home without violating nighttime restrictions. They are relieved after Thursday’s decision. “Christmas and yearend shopping are a major source of revenue for retail outlets and malls. The night curfew would have dealt a body blow to our business at a time when we are looking to overcome the losses resulting from the Covid-linked lockdown,” said Uday Garudachar, owner of Garuda Mall chain and a BJP legislator.
Suresh Singaravelu, the executive director of Prestige Group, which owns malls such as UB City, said that the festive season starting with Dasara had given a fillip to mall business. “We were hoping Christmas and New Year would push it further. It was wise on part of the government to withdraw the curfew order,” he said.
MV Raghavendra Rao, the managing director of Kadamba group of hotels, also welcomed the step, saying it would help businesses. “We thank the government. Many people, who eat at our restaurants on highways, will now have a comfortable journey and we will be able to operate as usual,” Rao said.
KN Vasudeva Adiga, the chairman of Paakashala group of restaurants, said night curfew might not have affected eateries that anyway shut at 10pm. “We believe hoteliers should have the opportunity to celebrate New Year’s and Christmas and make certain profit,” he told TOI
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