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Hyderabad, April 19, 2020
The Telangana government on Sunday ordered online food delivery platforms Swiggy and Zomato to shut down their operations in the state during the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao told a news conference after the cabinet meeting that they would not be allowed to operate from Monday during the lockdown period.
He made the announcement while declaring extension of the lockdown in the state till May 7.
Rao said the government took the decision in view of an incident in Delhi where 69 persons were affected after supply of pizza by a delivery boy, who had tested positive for Covid-19.
The Chief Minister said people should cook fresh food at home instead of ordering food from outside, especially during the current lockdown period.
He also said the government was not happy to order the shutdown of Swiggy and Zomato as it gets revenue through taxes, but the public health was more important than the revenue.
The online food delivery platforms were so far allowed to function as they were included in the list of essential services as per the Centre's guidelines.