The Bihar government on Friday allowed the opening of eateries, restaurants and hotels along the highways in the state from April 20 in order to serve drivers and workers of goods vehicles, officials said.
Certain conditions will be imposed on opening the roadside eateries, restaurants and hotels, Transport Departments Secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said.
District Magistrates, Senior Superintendents of Police, Superintendents of Police have been informed about the decision that was taken after a meeting of the Crisis Management Group, he said.
Roadside eateries, located at least at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters, will be allowed to function, Mr Agarwal said, adding that the district administrations will decide where these joints will be allowed to operate.
Stating that social distancing and sanitation must be ensured at the outlets, he said that there will be no sitting arrangements and the workers will have to have food inside their vehicles.
Besides, patrolling will be done at these outlets to ensure that locals don't misuse them and food inspectors will also carry out checks from time to time, he said.