UPDATED: April 6, 2021 16:43 IST
In view of a surge in COVID cases, food-hailing giants Swiggy and Zomato have announced that they will stop delivering food after 8 pm in Maharashtra. Users in Maharashtra have received in-app notifications from Swiggy and Zomato, asking them to order food before 8 pm. The notifications were sent out to users on the first day of the lockdown in Maharashtra on April 5.
The Maharashtra government has imposed a night curfew every day that starts at 8 pm and complete lockdown on Weekends. The night curfew goes on till 7 am. The government order read, “Take-away orders, parcels, and home delivery services will only be allowed between 7 am to 8 pm from Monday to Friday. On weekends, only home delivery services shall be allowed between 7 am to 8 pm and there shall be no visiting any restaurant or bar for ordering purposes or pickup.”
Swiggy has said that it will comply with the government’s order. “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,” a Swiggy spokesperson said.
Zomato and Swiggy have stopped taking orders after 8 pm. If you try placing an order after the said time, Zomato will display an in-app message saying, “We’re currently not accepting orders online. We’ll be back soon.” Whereas the Swiggy app displays, “We are not delivering here at the moment!”
Of all Indian states, Maharashtra is the worst hit with the second wave of COVID-19. As of April 5, Maharashtra has over 96,000 active cases. The number of cases daily had crossed the 11,000 marks on April 4. Some popular figures including cricketers and Bollywood actors including Sachin Tendulkar, Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt and many more too have tested positive for coronavirus.
The government had recently rolled out the third phase of vaccination drive which vaccinates people above the age of 45. You do not have to have comorbidities to be eligible for the vaccine. If you are above the age of 45, you can simply register on the Cowin portal and book an appointment at the nearby centres to get vaccinated.