Hoteliers Unhappy With Revised Guidelines
The state government’s decision to permit hotels to operate with limited capacity has irked the stakeholders of the hospitality industry. In a recent announcement, the centre allowed the reopening of hotels from June 8. However, the state later clarified that hotels in Odisha can only function at 30 percent capacity and their restaurants can only serve in-house guests until the end of June.
Additionally, the state government has also announced a complete shutdown during the weekend across 11 major districts, to contain the spread of the coronavirus. This has brought further concerns within the industry as they see peak footfalls during the weekends.
Swosti Group CMD and chairman of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) JK Mohanty urged the state government to reconsider this decision as operating hotels with such limitations would continue to dent their profitability.
“If run with 30 percent capacity, hotels won’t even be able to recover their AC and electricity bill,” said Mohanty. He also stressed on the fact that lockdown guidelines for the hospitality sector should be different than other industries.
Hotelier and Group Promoter of Pal Heights Satpal Singh said that the hospitality sector has already been badly hit by the pandemic and such restrictions would make it impossible for them to overturn the situation.