The latest to join the bandwagon is the state government of Haryana that has ordered shut down of bars in Gurugram till the end of the month. The order issued by deputy commissioner, Gurugram that the operations of gymnasium, swimming pools, spas, nighclubs, lounges, bars, cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes and all weekly bazaars, and shopping malls have been suspended till March 31.
As a result, restaurants are seeing 40 per cent decline in customer footfall. “This figure could go up to 80% with more coronavirus
cases likely to be reported in India,” said Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, vice-president of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI)
The top eight cities of India have 126 malls, according to Anarock Retail, a Gurugram-based real estate services company. Among Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka have the largest presence of hotels and restaurants.
The number of Covid-19 cases in India saw a steep spike on Thursday, with the total number of positive cases touching 169. With 46 patients, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. The worldwide number of cases has reached over 219,240, and there have so far been over 8,967 reported deaths across 157 countries.