Omicron spread: Uber-exclusive clubs turn to home deliveries, takeaways

Members had started returning in good numbers before Omicron spoilt the scene


The pandemic has prompted most clubs to start home delivery services

Ishita Ayan DuttShine JacobAkshara SrivastavaShally Seth Mohile Kolkata/Chennai/New Delhi/Mumbai
The grand white buildings of Kolkata’s colonial-era clubs have fallen quiet again. The virulent Omicron that has swept through the city, which is recording a weekly positivity rate of over 47 per cent, is keeping patrons away. Turnout is down to a trickle and home delivery right now seems to be the only survival strategy.

In other parts of the country, too, these uber-exclusive clubs — where membership waiting can sometimes run into decades and requires a robust personal profile and equally robust recommendations — are struggling to keep things running.

Take the example of Madras Gymkhana Club in Chennai. In September last year, when Sanjay Shroff took charge as president of the 135-year-old club, it was going through one of the

First Published: Jan 20 2022 | 06:10 AM IST

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