Hotel and restaurant industry representatives urge Govt for resuming operations in green and orange zones
FHRAI has put forth a proposal that hotels and restaurants in green zones be allowed to operate at 100 per cent and in orange zones at 50 per cent capacities
As India gears up to enter the 4.0 phase of lockdown, many industries including the hospitality sector are expecting Government’s nod to resume services (partially) in a bid to tide over economic crisis posed by coronavirus. Recently, the representatives of hotel and restaurant industry urged the government for giving relaxation for the sector during ‘lockdown 4.0’, at least in green and orange zones to mitigate crisis.
The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), has put forth a proposal urging that hotels and restaurants in green zones should be allowed to operate at 100 per cent and in orange zones at 50 per cent capacities.
"Even today, containing the spread of the virus remains the country's priority. But we also have to take into account that the hospitality and tourism industry employs over 4.3 crore people. They are relying for their survival. Every lockdown extension is making it difficult for us to keep people employed and to sustain. Since the government is relaxing operations for several industries to keep the wheels of economy moving, we are hoping that it allows our industry some relaxation too," FHRAI Vice-President Gurbaxish Singh Kohli said.
It is owing to prolonged lockdown measure, the industry is staring at a potential job loss of around 3.8 crore, which is 70 percent of the total workforce."According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), as many as 7.5 crore travel and tourism jobs are at risk worldwide, one in eight of them are in India. We hope to resume operations and adhere to all the safety measures and follow the compliance strictly. We stand united with the government for eradicating the virus and together we will show the way to the world in achieving this,” Kohli added.