Telangana Bans Zomato, Swiggy Delivery Services Till Lockdown Ends

by Sanjana Shenoy
by Sanjana Shenoy 476

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a huge amount of distress in the country. India currently has 17,265 active coronavirus cases and has witnessed 543 deaths so far. Each state in the country is taking stringent measures to combat the rapid spread of this deadly virus. The Telangana government extended the lockdown till 7th May. And banned food delivery services like Zomato and Swiggy from 20th April onwards until further notice.

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What’s In It?

The Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrashekhar Rao announced the extension of the statewide lockdown to 7th May.  Telangana took those measure after the total tally of positive cases in Telangana reached 858. The Chief Minister stated that companies providing delivery services of groceries like Grofers and BigBasket will be permitted. However, no one in the state is permitted to order cooked meals from food delivery services like Zomato and Swiggy from 20th April. The Chief Minister stated  “In Delhi, 69 people were infected through a pizza supplier. Hence we have decided to ban them, and if they are found violating the norms, stern action will be taken. Life is valuable, so don’t order door delivery till May 7″. He urged people to cook meals at home and refrain from ordering cooked meals online.

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The Central government had earlier cancelled its order to open up regular e-commerce activities from Monday.  States maintain vigilance regarding food delivery services. This took place after a food delivery executive tested positive in Delhi and consequently, 72 families were quarantined. The temporary ban on food delivery services like Zomato and Swiggy would mean that food aggregators will remain offline in Hyderabad. This is one of the biggest markets for food services. The decision to ban Zomato and Swiggy in Telangana comes just a few days after a food delivery executive tested positive for coronavirus in Delhi.

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Also Read: Zomato & Uber Eats To Provide Contactless Food Delivery Service Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

What’s More?

K. Chandrashekhar Rao without taking any chances states that the restriction in Telangana would not be relaxed at all. The same stringent lockdown rules which are in place now is followed till 7th May. Telangana’s approach differs from the central government. The central government has eased restrictions in non-hotspot zones from Monday.  However, folks at Telangana won’t be able to get access to food delivery services like Swiggy and Zomato until further notice. But stores providing groceries and other daily needs will be open. This is a tough time for all of us, but its also an opportunity for us to learn to fend for ourselves. So do learn to cook a delicious, healthy meal for yourselves. And not only will the meal be rewarding but the new skill will definitely come in handy in the long run. Did you know Husband Creates Quarantine Restaurant At Home, Cooks 3-Course Meal For Wife For Date Night?

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