Restaurants in Delhi will again be closed for dine-in after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced weekend curfew along with few more restrictions including eating out on Thursday.
The same has been announced to "break the chain of transmission" as it tackles a steep rise in Covid casees.
Though, the restaurants are allowed to do home deliveries and takeaways but this will not cover the losses bear by the already sinking industry.
“It's disheartening to see a probable lockdown situation as businesses had eventually started to recover. We are hopeful and positive about our city's approach towards the situation as no one is looking forward to going back in time,” shared Kabir Advani, Managing Director, Berco’s Chain of Restaurants who will be delivering the food online by taking care of hygiene and safety.
Last week the restaurants were already closing early by 9 PM which impacted their revenue to even 50-60% bringing the dinner business to zero after the AAP government imposed a night curfew in the city from 10 pm to 5 am till April 30 in a bid to check the spread of the coronavirus.
“All of us are in this together! Right now is the time to come together to #BreakTheChain. As an active running food business we will face losses due to the current curfew and restrictions but as responsible citizens we have to see the bigger picture and pray for everyone’s well being, added Aakriti Sawhney, co-founder and owner - MeMy Café that will be open for take away and delivery through their own medium and partner apps.
Delhi recorded 17,282 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest single-day surge in the national capital since the onset of the pandemic, according to data shared by the health department.
Though, the restaurant owners are finding the decision discriminatory against the industry that was just coming back on track after New Year and yearend sales. They also mentioned that the sector is again back to square one and are fighting for mere survival.
“It is very unfortunate to have received this news. Pandemic in the city is on the rise and it is badly affecting the restaurant industry. We are disturbed right now but we also have faith in the Government. So, hoping for the best,” shared Ishan Yadav, Culinary Head, Reve Aerocity Delhi.
Hospitality being one of the most affected sectors due to the pandemic that was closed for most part of 2020. And, even after opening they were operating at half the capacities, limited operation hours to name a few.
Though, the industry support the government’s decision in larger public health interest, they also request the government for lending some critical support and allow 24*7 home delivery of food orders.
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