Zomato, Swiggy not to deliver food in Maharashtra after 8pm
Mumbai : Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, food-delivery services like Zomato and Swiggy have notified their users that food orders will be accepted only till 8pm, in accordance to new lockdown guidelines issued by the government.
The notification to the users in Maharashtra was sent on the first day of lockdown in April 5, asking them to place their orders before 8pm.
The Maharashtra government, recently, announced a complete lockdown on weekends and night curfew on rest days. The government order read, "Take-away orders, parcels, and home delivery services will only be allowed between 7am to 8pm from Monday to Friday. On weekends, only home delivery services shall be allowed between 7am to 8pm and there shall be no visiting any restaurant or bar for ordering purposes or pickup."
The Swiggy released a statement, "We continue to cooperate with the government in its efforts to fight the pandemic. Last month we announced that we're prioritizing creating awareness across our delivery fleet and extending our Covid cover to include their vaccination cost. In light of the requirements for Maharashtra, we will also cover the cost of their RT-PCR test.As an essential service, we are supporting the health and safety of our delivery partners and consumers, and are working with authorities to ensure safe deliveries."
From April 5, Swiggy and Zomato are displaying messages - “We are not delivering here at the moment!” and “We're currently not accepting orders online. We'll be back soon.” – on the apps respectively.
Currently, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India with more than 60% share in daily coronavirus cases. Some popular figures including cricketers and Bollywood actors including Sachin Tendulkar, Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt and many more too have tested positive for coronavirus.