AHAR forms 40 squads to help fight COVID spread in Mumbai

The apex industry body’s four-member squads will ensure health and hygiene SOPs are strictly maintained across Mumbai’s restaurants.

With the numbers of COVID-infected rising sharply in Mumbai, the state government is looking for collaboration from various industries to help stem the spread. Recently, the Maharashtra chief minister requested maintenance of hygiene and safety standards in the city’s hotels and restaurants, a crucial move that could help avoid a lockdown scenario like last year.

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Responding to this need of the hour, the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR), has pitched in to form 40 squads of four members each to support the initiative. AHAR has 10 zones across Greater Mumbai and each of the squad members have been informed about the SOPs and the procedure to be followed in case any establishment is found to be in violation of the rules.

Shivanand Shetty, President, AHAR said, “We share the concern voiced by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on the spike in COVID cases and his views on how, as a responsible industry association, we can support in its fight against it. With due respect to this, we have formed the squads within our association and will go all out in ensuring the industry SOPs are followed thoroughly across our restaurants. The industry can’t afford to have another lockdown and we will not spare anyone found violating any of the SOPs.”

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