Mumbai: With the current lockdown ending in Maharashtra on 30 September, the state government has formulated a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to reopen the restaurant and on Monday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the decision will be taken after finalizing these guidelines.
An official statement said that the Chief Minister interacted with the representatives of the associations of the convenors of Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, and Nagpur through video conferencing.
“The state government has prepared the SOP to reopen the restaurant and sent them to the people concerned.
The statement quoted Thackeray said that a decision would be taken to reopen the restaurant.
The Chief Minister said that in view of the threat of COVID-19, his government is taking cautious steps and the SOP has been prepared accordingly.
He said that there is no trouble to stop SOP.
Thackeray emphasized wearing physical masks, cleaning hands, and maintaining physical distance while staying with COVID-19 and said these precautions need to be adopted when restaurants reopen.
“It will be important to take care of the health of the cooks and other employees in the restaurant. They should wear masks, clean hands, and ensure safety and cleanliness in the restaurant,” the chief minister said.
He also spoke about the state government’s ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ initiative and urged the convenors to join it.
He asked all stakeholders to sit together and finalize the SOP.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sitaram Kunte said that the SOP would be finalized after holding another round of meetings with the restaurant’s representatives.