Hospitality Sector Expects Better Profits With 24x7 Shifts
The spirit is high in hotels and restaurants in anticipation of a higher footfall of patrons, but the hospitality sector is a bit low; because watering holes are excluded from the list of establishments that can operate 24x7 in the state. The state government has amended the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Service Condition) Act, 2017, allowing shops, hotels, restaurants and malls to remain open round-the-clock in three shifts. Bars, pubs, wine shops and discotheques will continue to function in the restricted timings. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India said job opportunities might go up by 25 per cent in the state because of the government’s decision. Association sources said the state’s decision might not be implemented immediately, as logistics such as staff strength, salaries, and the feasibility of keeping the establishments open round-the-clock have to be checked. They said the police’s responsibility would go up in terms of maintaining law and order in the changed scenario.