Chennai: Safety First is Hotel Mantra on New Years Eve Amid Omicron Variation Fear | Chennai News

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Social distancing, vaccination certificates, and rapid on-site antigen testing — that will be the norm at New Years events this year as the hospitality industry prepares to help guests ring the bell in 2022. As the pandemic continues excluded any celebration last year, hotels and restaurants are hosting smaller events and offering lavish buffets this year, but keeping safety protocols in mind, as the fear of Covid-19 variants like Omicron is still very much present.
The Radisson Resort Temple Bay will help guests celebrate the New Year with games, dance lessons, and a DJ, among other things. “And you can start the New Year with a brunch that will feature grilled seafood, Rajasthani chaat, Mongolian fondue, steamed buns and oriental dumplings; whole roasted fish and turkey from the European continent, as well as the best of Mughal and Pandyas cuisine ”, says Vikram Cotah, CEO of GRT Hotels & Resorts. “We will also have a band playing the best of retro songs in Hindi and English. ”
However, all residents and guests of all GRT hotels and resorts must be fully vaccinated or undergo a rapid antigen test at the hotel to attend Christmas and New Years celebrations, Cotah said. “It’s done to keep everyone safe.”
At Lord of the Drinks, a resto bar in Nungambakkam, DJ Bryan will entertain diners on New Years Eve. Back to the Future 2022 will offer unlimited food and drink for an additional charge. “Last year we couldn’t organize any events, but this year hopefully we can stay open until midnight,” said director AR Krishna, adding that they would follow all security protocols. . “All of our staff are vaccinated and clients need to be double vaccinated. They must present their vaccination certificates before entering. We can usually accommodate 500 people, but we will see that there are only 400 people inside at a time. ”
The chef and mixologist are also the stars of this festive season as hotels and restaurants offer festive baskets and sumptuous buffets for guests. ITC Grand Chola will organize a festive market at the Madras pavilion from December 31, 2021 to January 2, 2022. “We will have live music, a children’s corner and a multi-cuisine buffet,” says Abhimanyu Arora, F&B manager, ITC Grand Chola, adding that they will also be hosting a ‘Hello’ 22 ‘brunch on January 1-2. Arora.
The focus will be on food and drink at the Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road, CEO Supreet Roy said. “The New Year’s Eve menu will include grilled seafood and barbecue. And, on January 1st, we will have a brunch with a detox counter and a children’s corner. Koox, our Japanese rooftop restaurant, will have set menus for Christmas and New Years, ”he says. “We also offer staycation packages where guests can check in on December 31 and depart January 1.”
Guests are required to sign statements stating that they have no symptoms of Covid-19, Roy explains. “Last year we had to finish at 9pm. This year, we hope to be open until midnight, but we will abide by official rules, ”he said.


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