Eight cities in Gujarat are facing night curfew with extended hours as a precaution against the latest variant of Covid-19. India, which had just started re-opening, is again going through strict night curfews in different parts of the country. From the time the first wave of the Covid-19 virus took over the world, many businesses have suffered.
Many shops and stores closed down. After the second wave, people were hopeful and the world started re-opening but due to the unexpected rise in cases, many places closed down.
The restaurants have begun focusing on home deliveries as a precautionary measure. Parthiv Thakkar, owner of Fakiraa’s Burger which has outlets at IIM Ahmedabad and Shivranjani, said “Since the curfew hours have increased, it has become tough again as the customers usually come late in the evening after work. Even though the curfew is at 11, according to the instructions given to the Police they close down the stores early on by 9:30 PM. This is the festival season and the time when people go out to eat and have fun. So, the entire industry is suffering,” he said.
Talking about the home delivery system, Raj Modi, Owner of Rasna Restaurant said, “We will be focusing more on delivering food at the moment by marketing more on social media. The small gatherings that people hosted have come to a halt due to the increased hours of the night curfew. Our business mostly happens at night, there are more people dining out during the night than in the morning,” said Modi.
Zomato and Swiggy are also bracing themselves to deal with what seems to be a repeat of the lockdown scenario.