Nepal govt implements round-the-clock business operations in Thamel and Durbar Marg area

Kathmandu: In a bid to boost tourism and economic activity, the government has enforced new guidelines allowing businesses in Thamel and Durbar Marg areas to operate round the clock.

According to the District Administration Office (DAO) Kathmandu, entertainment-related businesses seeking to extend their operating hours past 10 pm must install soundproof systems and maintain personal details of their employees. Additionally, recreation establishments such as dance bars, live music venues, pubs, clubs, and discos are required to prohibit entry for individuals under 18 years old.

For businesses operating until 4 am, further regulations include providing transportation for intoxicated customers, preventing sex-oriented activities, and ensuring cultural integrity in performances.

The decision, made during a meeting with concerned stakeholders by the Ministry of Home Affairs, aims to accommodate the growing number of tourists. Just two weeks ago, the government announced the 24-hour operation allowance for businesses in these key tourism hubs.

According to records from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), March saw a record-breaking influx of 128,167 foreign visitors, marking the highest number in a single month in the past four years.

The DAO Kathmandu has been tasked with overseeing security and management for the extended operating hours. It is anticipated that these business hubs will transition to the new operating model by April 13, coinciding with the Nepali New Year.