Hotels outside containment zones to open in maharashtra from july 8.

Mumbai: Maharashtra on Monday decided to allow hotels and other entities providing accommodation services like lodges and guest houses outside containment zones to operate from July 8 at 33 per cent of their capacity, further easing restrictions in the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The government announced the decision through a notification. The permission has been granted on conditions of these entities strictly adhere to social distancing rules and other protocols.

The government’s move comes a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray interacted with various associations of hotels and lodges, and assured them of taking a decision soon on reopening after finalising Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The on-going lockdown in the state will be in force till July 31.