New Delhi: The National Restaurant Association (NRAI) has advised its restaurant members to shut down dine-in operations from March 18 to March 31, in view of the coronavirus pandemic and health risk that it poses to employees and customers.
The call will impact operations of thousands of dine-in restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes across the country.
However, the NRAI has not taken a call on stopping deliveries and has said that restaurants can deliver food as long as they follow the current global practice of contact-less delivery.
NRAI said several city-specific chapters had reached a unanimous decision on this. The restaurant body, however, added that the decision to shut down would be voluntary and not mandatory.
This comes as many companies have given employees to work from home, so that social distancing can be practised — which can effectively curb the spread of coronavirus. While many institutions have temporarily shut their door, no such directions have been issued to the restaurant industry. However, anecdotal evidence shows that both footfall and online orders have reduced.