We’ve always had a soft corner for alfresco and terrace dining. And now, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it seems like this might become a norm at most of our favourite restaurants in Delhi. By Amitha Ameen


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Get ready to experience a new kind of dining in the post-Corona world, as South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has just drafted a new policy. According to this, terraces and lawns can be repurposed by licensed restaurants as service areas.

According to a report on Times of India, The National Restaurant Association of India had requested that restaurants be allowed to use open spaces for terrace dining and alfresco, in a letter written to the SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharti. “There is a demand for such eating places in line with many foreign countries. A similar policy is already in place in Mumbai. Accordingly, it is proposed that servicing of food should be allowed in open spaces and terraces,” stated the letter.


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Since restaurants around the world are leveraging outdoor spaces to allow guests to enjoy dining out while following social distancing norms, Indian restaurants, too, are hoping to implement this concept so that they can restart businesses.

In order to curb any kind of encroachment or over-crowding in these outdoor space, no temporary covers or umbrellas will be allowed to be set up. Special permissions would have to be received from the Delhi Fire Service as well, and along with a no cooking policy, fast food stalls will not be allowed to operate in these open spaces.


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While the draft policy will be presented in front of a committee on Friday, it is highly unlikely that a decision will be taken on the same day. The decision to allow terrace dining might take a tad bit little longer to be passed.

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