Karnataka government welcomes Unlock 4.0 by reopening bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels, etc. in Bengaluru, but with a strict set of guidelines. By Kumar Shree

After suspending operations for over five months, Bengaluru has finally reopened its bars, with the onset of Unlock 4.0 from September 1. However, as of now they are allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity, and can serve alcohol only at the table, thus nullifying the earlier orders stating that bars and pubs should sell alcohol at MRP.

 

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The announcement was welcomed by the owners with mixed reactions. While some expressed concern over the shortage of staff, others said considering the much lesser inflow of customers as compared to the pre-COVID-19 era, it’s manageable at the moment.

“We’re operating on 15 out of 40 employees as of now. I think they are sufficient to serve our customers. I’m expecting around 30 customers to visit our pub cafĂ© on Tuesday as against 60 to 70 customers during the weekdays in the pre-COVID days,” Raghu RV, manager of Le Rock on Rest House Road, told Bangalore Mirror.

 

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Apart from bars and pubs, the Karnataka government has also allowed clubs, star hotels, boarding houses, tourist hotels, bars at the international airport, distilleries, and bottling units to reopen, but again with only half the seating capacity. Other guidelines being — the provision of hand sanitisers and thermal screenings at all entrances.

Moreover, only asymptomatic staff and guests must be allowed within the premises given that they cover their face with a mask. Along with the mask, all the staff members must wear gloves as well, at all times. Furthermore, social distancing should be maintained even in the kitchen, all the tables must be sanitised after each use, and only contactless ordering and digital mode of payment to be used.

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