Delhi restaurants and bars that have been shut for dine-in for almost 20 days facing the latest restriction by the Delhi Govt is back to a new life yesterday when the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) announced the re-opening of the establishments at 50% capacity in Delhi alongside lifting the weekend curfew. Restaurant industry has welcomed the Delhi government’s move and has also thanked chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt. Governor Shri Anil Baijal for giving restaurants a new life and saving them to die as delivery and takeout alone is not sufficient for a consumer business to survive.
“This will definitely provide the much-needed oxygen support to Restaurant Industry in Delhi for survival. I would also like to take this opportunity to urge Delhi Government to lift the night curfew and allow us full operating hours which would not only revive the beleaguered sector but also reduce overcrowding and prevent further job losses,” shared Kabir Suri, President, NRAI thanking the government.
Chef Gauri Varma, Owner and Founder at Confect and G’s Patisserie said that the move is very optimistic and will encourage people to kick of the year and salvage the last financial quarter for 2022. “It’s been an incredibly rocky road for the F&B industry over the past year - this was in a way the second lockdown of this FY. The industry has suffered a lot - about time that things look up,” she added further.
Restaurant industry has become one of the most affected sectors with almost 25-30 percent of restaurant permanently shutting their shop. And, these timely restrictions are also proving a road block for them when they are eager to expand and tap the new opportunities coming their way.
“The Barbeque Company would welcome all our guests with whole heart. We are very happy with the announcement. We follow all necessary hygiene and sanitization protocols. And assure that we are one of the safest restaurants to dine at,” added Harman Khurana, CEO and Founder, The Barbeque Company.
And, likewise we have seen many restaurant owners and chefs sharing on social platforms their messages on re-opening the restaurants. Sumit Gulati of Spice Market posted, “We’ve set a table for you. Re-opening for dine-in tomorrow.”
The industry has also requested the government earlier to not close restaurants every now and then and learn from other states and countries that have been fighting the pandemic by giving any losses to the businesses.
“The lifting of the weekend curfew by the Delhi Government will be a breather for the entire hospitality fraternity. All fine dining and F&B ventures are already contributing their bit towards health and safety, where 50% seating capacity for the moment will ensure social distancing for every individual, which will benefit one and all,” pointed Neetu Dubey, Founder of The Kai.