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This week in hospitality industry: Night curfew dampens year-end cheer; license fee gives some relief

Just a week ago the restaurant association had written to the government seeking permission to operate restaurants for an additional two hours for the month so that they could earn some revenue.

December 27, 2020 / 12:48 PM IST
An outdoor dining area at a Fogo De Chao location in Rosemont, Ill., December 9, 2020. (PC-The New York Times/Lyndon French)

An outdoor dining area at a Fogo De Chao location in Rosemont, Ill., December 9, 2020. (PC-The New York Times/Lyndon French)

The week gone by had both good and bad news for the hospitality industry in Maharashtra. On one hand, when Maharashtra government imposed a night curfew dampening hopes for Christmas and year-end, on the other the state government decided to give concession in the liquor license fees for the lockdown period.

Night curfew shattered hopes

 The Maharashtra government’s decision to impose a night curfew in the state has put rest to any hopes that the sector had of earning some revenue from year-end celebrations.

The hospitality industry - among the hardest hit by the lockdown as people preferred home-cooked meals and put off outings – is slowly getting back on its feet, and was hoping to ring in good times with the New Year.