Valley’s restaurant owners urge administration to exonerate their businesses from Covid lockdown

SRINAGAR: Valley’s restaurant owners have urged administration to exonerate their businesses from the ongoing Covid lockdown, in terms of allowing take aways and home deliveries of food.
In a statement issued here by Restaurant Owners Association Kashmir a delegation led by its president Sheikh Feroz, met the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad on Thursday, and explained to him how the restaurant business is getting ruined with each passing day due to the constant losses, since the outbreak of Covid last year.
The delegation informed DC that several restaurants, particularly those that had been recently established, have permanently winded up because of the unbearable losses.
So far many owners somehow managed to pay the salaries to their staff members despite the losses, but now it is becoming impossible for them to pay salaries in the absence of business.
Some youngsters had established restaurants as their business ventures in recent years, but these newly established business units are the worst hit because of the pandemic outbreak. These new born business units were supposed to provide a livelihood not only to owners but also to those who worked with them as staff members such as chefs, waiters, delivery boys, receptionists, and so on, but now they are in debt instead.
The administration can help the restaurants from getting collapsed further by allowing them to run their businesses in a limited way. The delegation told DC that allowing restaurants for takeaways and home deliveries of food will help them to continue and sustain their business to some extent, and subsequently the practice will ensure there are no further layoffs. Allowing home delivery of food will also help the families affected with Covid to get their meals on time and as per their choice.
Deputy Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the suggestions and requests of the delegation and assured them he will take up the matter with higher-ups for a final decision in this regard.
Restaurant Owners Association Kashmir hopes that the administration would consider its request.

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