Authorities clears air on restaurant closure hearsay – ET Retail

Government clears air on restaurant closure rumourNEW DELHI: The ministry of tourism clarified that it has not issued any letter on closing of lodges and eating places until October 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak, as purported in a WhatsApp message doing the rounds.

The ministry mentioned the message was false and that it has lodged a criticism on this matter with the cyber-crime unit of the Mumbai police. Anyone discovered to be circulating, publishing or spreading the pretend information could be held liable beneath relevant legal guidelines.

“The respective authorities are empowered to take appropriate motion towards such people together with however not restricted to initiation of felony proceedings beneath related legal guidelines,” the ministry mentioned on Wednesday.

The pretend letter circulating on WhatsApp states that lodges, eating places and resorts throughout India will stay closed until October 15 because of the coronavirus outbreak and that this order had come from the tourism division.

The ministry acknowledged that it had already issued denials on social media platforms and the Press Info Bureau’s fact-checking unit had additionally known as the message pretend a number of days in the past, however the message continues to flow into.

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