The National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI) has sent out an advisory to shut down restaurant operations from Wednesday till the end of March, in the wake of the worsening COVID-19 situation.

The decision was taken keeping in mind the serious health risks to lakhs of employees as well as the millions of patrons in the food service sector, the NRAI said in a statement.

Following this directive, thousands of eateries across the country including those in the region may down shutters temporarily till March 31st.