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Friday, 25 December, 2020, 11 : 00 AM [IST]

Hotels, restaurants in Mumbai to ring in the new year at 10.30pm to align with Thailand celebrations

Adapting to the new Covid-19 night curfew guidelines, Mumbai hotels and restaurants have decided that they will ring in 2021 an hour and half early at 10.30 PM.

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has asked its members hotels and restaurants in the State to gear up for early celebrations on New Year’s Eve. With the State announcing a curfew post 11 pm, hotels and restaurants have decided to ring in the New Year Eve celebrations an hour and half early. The HRAWI has opined that ending the year earlier is a fitting tribute to Hospitality Industry's never say die attitude and welcome the New Year filled with hope and promise. The Association has also stated that while the curfew will disrupt Hospitality industry’s plans, it appreciates the government’s pre-emptive measures to allay any threat of the pandemic’s second wave.

“Like every year, Mumbai will have its celebrations this year too, albeit a little earlier. The Government is doing its best to help keep its citizens safe and we see the intent behind the decision. But if it’s celebrations that Mumbaikars want, we will give it to them while ensuring that all norms and safety measures are adhered to. This is probably even better as people will get to be at their homes at midnight to bring in the New Year with their families,” says Sherry Bhatia, President, HRAWI.

 The hospitality industry is confident about business with or without the curfew. HRAWI member establishments are planning to align celebrations with Thailand and may even host virtual celebrations synchronized with them.

“The hospitality industry wants to put the last eight months behind and instead look forward to the remaining eight days left in the year. We have braved the storm and have decidedly put the worst behind us. Nothing is going to dampen our spirits and we will emerge stronger than before. We welcome Mumbaikars to come join us in the last celebrations of the season, to bid farewell to 2020 and to usher in 2021 with lots of optimism, faith and hope,” concludes Pradeep Shetty, Sr. Vice President, HRAWI.

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