August 1, 2020, 7:28 PM

NEOA along with Additional Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Commissioner Ram Joshi

NEOA along with Additional Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Commissioner Ram Joshi 

Restaurant owners across the country have been staring at an uncertain future due to COVID-19 crisis. Reeling under heavy losses amid the pandemic and lockdown, restaurateurs in Nagpur through a body – Nagpur Eatery Owners Association (NEOA) – have appealed to Nagpur Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) to consider re-opening of restaurants in the city. 

The letter

The letter

The appealed has been made by President Aum Ashok Hansles (owner at Ashoka Restaurant), Vice President Cyrus Fong Chang (owner at Nanking Chinese Restaurant), Angad Singh Arora (owner at Centre Point Group of Hotels), Navneet Singh Tuli (owner at Under the Moon Restaurant), Secretary Amit Harinder Bembi (owner at Harrys Bakery and Confectionary), Treasurer Kavaljeet Singh Wadhwa (owner at Bullock Cart Bar and Restaurant) and Co-Treasurer Mandeep Singh Padam (owner at Sanjha Chullah Restaurant).

The restaurateurs said if they are granted permission to reopen eateries, they would practice social distancing, strictly ensure only 50% occupancy, use disposables, sanitise entire area, etc., to say the least. 

Amit Bembi said, “We request the authorities to allow us to re-open restaurants as we have faced tremendous financial loss in the past four months. So much so that we’re even facing personal financial crunch. Many owners in the city have even planned to shut their eateries permanently.”

Speaking further about allowing eateries to deliver food through delivery apps till 11:30 pm, Bembi said, “We don’t have interaction with any customer as we are directly working with limited delivery boys who deliver the food for us.”
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