Restaurants in Punjab to operate with 50% occupancy

Chandigarh, June 23 (IANS The Punjab government on Tuesday allowed restaurants, both in hotels or individuals, to open dine -in facilities with 50 per cent occupancy or 50 guests, whichever is less, till 8 p.m.However, the bars will remain closed.As per the guidelines for restaurants, hotels and other hospitality services, the restaurants would be open for both walk-in and hotel guests.However, the bars in the hotels will remain closed. But liquor could be served in rooms and restaurants as permitted under the excise policy of the state.A government statement said marriages and other social parties in banquet halls, marriage palaces, hotels and open venues could be organised with upto 50 people, excluding the catering staff.The size of the banquet hall and venue for 50 people should at least be 5,000 sq ft.But bars would remain closed in banquet halls and marriage palaces. The liquor could be served in the functions as per the excise policy.–IANSvg/kr

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