CHENNAI: The city’s street food vendors may soon have to wear uniforms, aprons, gloves and masks as part of the government’s hygiene drive.
Sources in the food safety department said there were at least 13,000 street food vendors in Chennai’s core areas alone. “We want to make uniforms mandatory. Before that, aprons, gloves and masks will be made compulsory,” a food safety official said.
The city’s core areas had 15,000 street food vendors before the lockdown forced 2,000 to shut shop over the past one year. According to guesstimates, about 30% of the city’s population eats at roadside stalls.
“Besides, there are about 1,000 coffee, tea and snacks sellers doing the rounds late at night. We are planning to get them also to wear aprons, gloves and masks,” the official added.
On Monday, the food safety department conducted a training programme for mobile street food vendors under the ‘Eat Right Chennai’ initiative. According to official sources, about 90 vendors underwent the training.