Restaurants step up safety measures in Kolkata as orders drop after Delhi incident – Times of India

Kolkata News
KOLKATA: Restaurants offering home-delivery have beefed up their safety measures. The move comes after a sharp drop in orders in Kolkata, following the Delhi incident where a pizza deliveryperson was diagnosed with Covid-19.
Orders in Kolkata dropped by 30%-40% over the last week after a good Poila Baishakh. National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI) had earlier requested its members to ensure proper hygiene.

To reassure customers, Speciality Restaurants, which owns brands like Mainland China and Oh! Calcutta, has introduced a ‘temperature log’ tag in the food packets. Chairman of Speciality Restaurants Anjan Chatterjee said the company has introduced its own home-delivery system in cities like Mumbai and Kolkata for orders worth Rs 2,000 and above. “We believe in best hygiene practices. In our kitchens, there are thermal guns. Our chefs and delivery-persons are checked twice a day,” he added.
The director of leading biryani chain, Aminia, Kabir Azhar, said, “We shall install thermal guns at all our kitchens. Our cooks and support workers have been living in our premises for the last one month and we check their temperatures regularly. We shall start checking Swiggy and Zomato delivery persons’ temperature too,” he added.
Binge Baefikar, a cloud kitchen chain with outlets on Harrington Street and Prince Anwar Shah Road, too, has been housing chefs on its premises. “We sanitize our kitchens and check our staffers’ temperature every day,” said owner Anisha Mohta.
Sagar Daryani, director of Wow! Momo and president of Kolkata chapter of NRAI, said the company has decided not to handover food to any delivery-person who has a temperature of over 99°F. “NRAI has around 1,000 restaurant members in the city and 30% of them is engaged in home-delivery. There had been a drop in orders, but its picking up. Most of the restaurants have started thermal screening of deliverypersons,” he added.

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