BMC plans to immunize staff of inns, eateries in front of resuming

by Web Desk | Published: 06 Jun 2021

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Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to vaccinate its employees ahead of the reopening of hotels and restaurants in the city for dine-in facilities. At a meeting on Friday, the assistant municipal commissioners were asked to prepare a list of such establishments and the remaining staff to be vaccinated in their areas by June 7. BMC is in the process of developing a plan to provide immunizations to employees of restaurants and hotels. The move is to vaccinate employees between the ages of 18-44 who work in the area, which is currently suspended in the city. As lockdown restrictions have been in place since April this year, restaurants and hotels have been allowed to continue delivery services but have not been included as a priority group for receiving vaccines.
Currently, we collect information from hotels and restaurants on the number of employees who have not been vaccinated. Depending on the headcount, we will reserve a vaccination for employees at Civil Run Centers on a specific day of the week. A civilian official said the project would be finalized this week. On Monday evening or Tuesday morning, each ward official must send a list of hotels and restaurants in their area to the BMC headquarters. BMC is also looking into the possibility of vaccinating employees in shopping malls. 
In the aftermath of the second wave of Pandemic, the National Restaurant Association of India (NRI) submitted a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) had said in a letter to Municipal Commissioner IS Chahal that the first and second lockdowns had affected more than 20 lakh jobs and caused an industry loss of Rs 2,000 crore every month. Closed. According to HRAWI, there are 2,10,000 restaurants and 10,500 hotels in the state, and the industry, directly and indirectly, creates about 30 lakh jobs. Last month, the Kerala government added 32 groups to its list of newly created top priority workers, including hotel, restaurant staff, and delivery agents.