In view of the increase in coronavirus cases in the state, the government of Maharashtra has recently issued several curfews with curfews. To this end, the government stated that all office spaces and public places will remain closed, except for basic services that run between 7 am and 8 pm on weekdays. While restaurants were closed, food delivery was allowed throughout the state. However, there seems to be some ambiguity about the time period during which these deliveries can be made.
In this regard, Zomato’s founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal wrote on Twitter: “Zomato is going to provide basic food delivery services in Mumbai after 8pm, but we did not do so because we comply with the law.”
Zomato prepared to provide basic food delivery service in Mumbai after 8pm, but we did not do so because we abide by the law.
-Deepinder Goyal (@deepigoyal) April 14, 2021
Goyal also posted a screenshot in the post showing that Zomato competitor Swiggy allowed deliveries after a curfew at 8pm. “I see that our game will continue after 8pm. I urge the Mumbai police to clarify the way forward.” He added.
The police department quickly cleared all the news and responded: “Please read the government’s notice carefully. It says that home delivery is allowed, but there is no time limit.”
Please read the government notice. It says that home delivery is allowed, but there is no specified time limit.
-Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) April 14, 2021
Soon after, Goyal tweeted that Zomato had received clarifications and shared the latest guidelines from Mumbai city government officials. The guide said: “All online services are carried out through all online service providers such as Zomato, Swiggie, etc., including online delivery of food and necessities (e-commerce). [sic] And so on, it allows 24 hours a day a week. In the same tweet, Goyal apologized to Swiggy and said: “Sorry, there is no choice. I love you. ”
Topics of Mumbai’s updated “Lockdown Guide”:
Working days (7 am to 8 pm)-up to 5 people are allowed to move
Weekdays (8 pm-7am) and 8pm to Monday 7am-no activities except for basic services
Beach-closed on 30th
-Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) April 7, 2021
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a social media speech that the state government has allowed e-commerce to provide basic goods and services, including food delivery. The curfew rules stipulate that groceries, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, bakery and confectionery products and all types of food are basic services. However, all delivery supervisors have been designated to have a negative test for COVID-19.
Regarding house delivery, the notice also mentioned: “All house deliveries to buildings where more than one family lives should be restricted to the entrance of the building, and the internal movement of the delivery should be completed by the full-time staff of the building. It is also expected that the delivery should be completed. All interactions between cargo and construction personnel are subject to disciplinary action, and the COVID is appropriate.”
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