Hyderabad’s Famous Gokul Chat Shuts Down After Owner Tests Positive For COVID-19

by Suchismita Pal
Hyderabad’s Famous Gokul Chat Shuts Down After Owner Tests Positive For COVID-19

Owner of Gokul Chat, a popular eatery in Koti, Hyderabad, has now tested positive for coronavirus. The 72-year old owner was recently admitted to a private hospital for the treatment of pneumonia. While treating him, the doctors noticed COVID-19 symptoms and immediately sent his samples for testing. The reports, that came out on June 15, 2020 showed that he is COVID-19 positive. He had nearly 20 primary contacts from his family and all of them have been home quarantined now. The municipal authorities have also sealed the shop temporarily.

Gokul Chat In Hyderabad Closed Down For The Second Time After 13 Years

The iconic Gokul Chat in Hyderabad dates back to the 1970s and is popular among the locals from chat, pav bhaji, kulfi and much more. The snack joint came in the headlines earlier, after the bomb blast on August 25, 2007, which had killed nearly 44 people and injured 68. The blasts took place at two places in Hyderabad, at Lumbini park’s open-air theatre and Gokul Chat. That was the first time since its inception that the shop had closed down. Now after about 13 years, it had shut doors again amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Gokul Chat Hyderabad
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It reopened on June 8, 2020, after the state government eased lockdown restrictions allowing eateries to operate. When the owner tested positive for coronavirus, the authorities ordered the sealing of the shop all over again. The health department was also trying to trace out who had visited the chat shop during the last three days before the closure. Also, Yauatcha in Mumbai has shut its central kitchen indefinitely after a staff member tested COVID-19 positive.

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What Else?

As per reports, the family of the owner has stated that he was a retired person and did not step out of the house since lockdown. According to the owner’s family, he has been infected from an unknown source. They have also informed that their family members are safe and at their eatery, they follow the guidelines of The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). They have also added that they checked every employee for symptoms and found everyone to be safe. The 20 contacts he had from his family are all employees of his shop. Earlier, around 72 families were quarantined in Delhi after a pizza delivery boy tested positive for COVID-19.

Gokul Chat Hyderabad
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Until the virus is completely eradicated, it’s better to have home-cooked food. Cooking at home is the safest. Also, as per WHO reports, COVID-19 is ‘thermolabile’ ( something that is destroyed by heat) i.e. it cannot survive at normal cooking temperatures. So, stay indoors, sanitize all the raw food items and cook healthy. Meanwhile, here’s how to make restaurant-style egg biryani at home: