- The GCCI says the extension of time is needed to help save business in the industry
- The present time limit of 8 pm not of much help
The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has written to chief minister Vijay Rupani stating that timings for home delivery of food for hotels and restaurants be extended up to 11 pm.
Earlier the Gujarat government while continuing with the night curfew in 36 cities had allowed businesses to open till 3 pm. It had also allowed hotels and restaurants to provide home delivery until 8 pm.
The GCCI wants this time to be extended to 11 pm. GCCI president Natubhia Patel in the letter said that Gujarat has close to 50,000 hotels and restaurants that directly or indirectly employ close to 12 lakh people.
The letter said the business has been facing a bad time of over a year and it is not possible for small businesses to survive this long without any support or relaxation. If this is not provided many such businesses will shut down impacting the livelihood of several people.
It further said that the 8 pm limit for home delivery is not helping the business. Moreover many COVID impacted people and those who are working rely on such food and limiting delivery up to 8 pm is impacting them as well.
He said the hotel industry has supported the government in this COVID fight but it is imperative that the home delivery timing be increased to 11 pm so that it can help the restaurant and hotel business that has been seeing losses for over a year now.
He further said that home delivery of food and allowing for more time does not pose any threat far as COVID is concerned.
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