While the CoronaVirus seems nowhere in control in Maharashtra, travel and tourism in the state, seem ready to start again. In July 2020, Maharashtra Hotels were allowed to operate at 33% capacity with various new Standard Operating Procedures in place. Some of the significant moves included:
- 33% occupancy at the hotels
- Thermal Screening on arrival
- Dine-in only for guests staying at the hotel.
Now, while Maharashtra has extended their lockdown in the state till September 30, 2020, they have also allowed new relaxations for hotels and lodges. There is an 11-pager enlisting everything in detail, but here is the critical sheet from the order which talks about the steps authorising hotels to operate at full capacity and no e-pass required for travel.
Hotels and lodges in the state can now operate at 100 per cent capacity. However, swimming pools and bars would still not be allowed to open. The government has promised to announce a separate SOP for precautions to be taken while operating hotels, yet to be published.
Maharashtra has also opened inter-district movement of goods and people without the need for an e-pass.
What this means is that if you now wanted to make a staycation or take off for a vacation inside Maharashtra, such as our recent visit to Hilton Shillim, you could go ahead and book yourself up. Not only is there no more a requirement for an e-pass to make the trip, but there will also be more rooms available as well shortly.
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