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Hotels, restaurants to open in non-containment zones from June 8

Prime News, National, Business, Health, Disease, New Delhi, May 31:- The Centre on Saturday announced the extension of the nationwide lockdown till June 30, but along with phase-wise relaxations in restrictions like reopening of hotels and schools in non-containment zones.

The gradual relaxations in lockdown restrictions will be put in effect in three phases.

“In areas outside containment zones, all activities will be permitted except the following, with the stipulation of following standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), in a phased manner,” read a Ministry of Home Affairs order addressed to all Chief Secretaries and different departments of the Centre.

In Phase 1, all religious places will be thrown open in non-containment zones from June 8. Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and even shopping malls will be allowed to reopen in the non-containment zones.

However, the Health Ministry will issue SOPs for such activities after due consultation with ministries and departments concerned. That is aimed to ensure social distancing and stop the spread of the virus.

“We welcome the government’s decision to reopen hotels. We are excited and prepared to host guests with the new sanitised stay experience. At OYO, our topmost priorities are maintaining the health, hygiene and well-being of our guests and staff. Right from our app to hotel teams, we are working to ensure proper sanitisation of hotels as well as maintaining social distancing with the guests. We are displaying a ‘Sanitised Stays’ tag for properties that clear background audit checks for sanitisation, hygiene, and protective equipment. We along with our asset partners, look forward to delivering a safe, secure and comfortable experience for our guests,” said Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and Group CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes.

In phase 2, schools, colleges, educational training institutes will be thrown open. But they will be done only after consulting state governments and Union Territories’ administrations, which in turn may hold further consultation with parents, before doing so. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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