“At a time when the hospitality industry is still under pressure from the resumption of losses from the first foreclosure in 2020, the second wave and the restrictions imposed by the administration have dealt our industry yet another blow,” Ankit said. Gupta, President, Chandigarh Hotel Association.
“The industry has already suffered a lot. We are ready to follow the Covid protocols and the administration should give us some flexibility. It should also find a way to provide financial assistance in the form of exemption from taxes, license fees, electricity and water. The industry needs support from the administration, ”he added.
Anuj, who works at a restaurant in the city, said the industry provides jobs for many people and is linked to many other businesses such as music events and florists. They must also take care of their families during this pandemic and the administration should take into account their real demands, he added.
Recently, the administration refused the industry’s request to extend the deadline for paying the annual fee by at least one month for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The administration had set March 31 as the deadline.
Meanwhile, the administration has issued new instructions to police departments and sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) to verify violations committed by hotels, restaurants and clubs within their jurisdiction.