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March 15, 2022

Tourism sector gets relief as overnight businesses open

Kathmandu: Restrictions have been lifted on all night-time businesses, including hotels, restaurants, dances, rehearsal clubs, lounge bars, as the rate of corona infection declines. Now, these services are available 24 hours a day.

On Wednesday, the home ministry issued a notice stating that night businesses would be allowed to operate overnight. Earlier, any night business was banned after 10 pm.

Entrepreneurs had been complaining that economic activities had slowed down when the business was closed before midnight. Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand had formed a 14-member task force led by Phanindra Mani Pokhrel, chief of the ministry’s peace and security division, to study the complaints and formulate criteria.

As per the recommendation of the task force, the Home Ministry has decided to allow night business to operate 24 hours a day.

Some criteria have been made for this, in which, it is mentioned that healthy entertainment should be provided to all the guests who come to the service as service recipients who are not allowed to dance in such a way as to display obscenity in the dance bar and dance presentation place and to support internal and external tourism.

The standard also stipulates that night workers should be provided with uniforms, dinner, and transportation to their homes.

Similarly, if the customer requests to make arrangements for reaching the house, arrangements have to be made for payment, for internal security, the entrepreneur has to keep the security guard with the uniform and identity card.

Child labor is not allowed in tourism, hotels, restaurants, and recreational areas. Children under the age of 18 should not be allowed to enter businesses such as dance, restaurant, bar, live band, lounge bar, pub, club, disco.  There is also a provision in the standard that the customer should not be harmed illegally by billing unnecessarily.

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