Hotels Plan Reopening As Lockdown 4.0 Nears Its End

In light of recent resumption of domestic flights, coupled with the Odisha government exempting mandatory quarantine for short term business travellers, the hoteliers and tour operators in the state have demanded the re-opening of hotels.

Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) and Indian Association of Tour Operators (Eastern Region) have asked the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the same, citing that they could provide accommodation to these travellers. With the loosening restrictions on travel and quarantine protocol, the associations expect people to come to the state for short business trips and professional work.

“It is not that everybody who is coming to Odisha has a house or accommodation facility to stay. When the hotels are yet to get approval to operate, where will people on short-duration trips stay and where will they have food”, the association said.

HRAO chairman JK Mohanty has expressed his grief on the inability to book any reservations despite many hotels getting called for room reservation as the Government has not allowed them to operate yet. He has cited that as per the circular of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the passengers arriving on international flights have to go in for compulsory paid quarantine in hotels. Hence, the civic body must allow hotels to reopen.

A letter seeking permission has been sent to BMC Commissioner Prem Chand Chaudhary as well as Tourism and Sports Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev, from the HRAO.

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