Amid all other relaxation that unlock 4.0 announced to revive the economy, opening of bars by the Delhi government was one such move that will help boost the sector.
After a five months hiatus, bars are set to open in the national capital and restaurant owners are all happy to see at least some business coming their way. Though, fast-food restaurants and fine-dining places will still manage to overcome the big loss, bars will suffer the most as their 90 per cent of business is dependent on liquor and only 10 per cent of food that is just an add-on with liquor.
“This is a much needed move after the pandemic setback. The government should have allowed serving liquor from day one when they allowed dine in to resume,” shared Sagar Garg of Banter bar who is very positive that people want to come and enjoy their time when they step out of their house. “For most of the restaurants, their concept of dining revolves around music , drinks and having a good time,” he added by pointing that it is a long haul when he can see the business rolling back on platform.
In August, the AAP government had permitted the hotels and clubs in the national capital to serve liquor but had ordered the bars to remain shut until further notice. This news comes as a breather for the sector.
“This is great step as the industry had come to complete halt from march. This will help to revive the industry and also encourage us to re-open businesses where half of the queries that we have been hearing in all these months was about liquor,” shared Tushar Gulati, Owner, Mic drop that is keeping 50% capacity at one time as it is not about the safety of customers but also their staffs who will come in contact with so many people while serving them.
Taking care of the SOPs
Social distancing between tables is what restaurants are concentrating on. They are also planning to check on the quantity of liquor being served on one table.
“Proper sanitisation, social distancing between tables, using disposable crockery, cutlery. Regular temp check of staff, mask. Valet with gloves and mask and sanitising gear and staring before handing over the vehicle are some measures we are taking at our end,” added Gulati who believed that first two month will be really crucial.
All the owners/ staff should be very particular in the following all the sop issued by the government, one small mistake by few restaurant will impact the complete industry and people may avoid going to the bar. Also, as per the SOP it make get the owners and managers under legal scrutiny and may lead into the cancelation of their excise licence.