‘Allow reopening of restaurants’

Staff Correspondent

23 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Restaurant Owners’ Association has urged the government to allow them to reopen hotels and restaurants in compliance health guidelines amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Imran Hasan, secretary-general of the association, placed a written statement in this regard at a press briefing on Saturday.

He said “We are going through quite a difficult time. We do not know what is waiting in future. The restaurant sector is one of the most damaged sectors in this pandemic.”

“Our appeal to the prime minister is that she should allow us to run our business by keeping our hotels and restaurants open. Otherwise, we will not be able to keep this sector alive” he added.

He also urged the government for allowing restaurants to reopen following health guidelines or allow them to serve maintaining 50 percent capacity.

“Some 30 lakh workers work in 60 thousand restaurants in divisional cities, districts and upazilas. About two crore people are involved in this sector,” he added.

They urged the government for giving stimulus to the workers of this sector via mobile phone or assist them with food via certain cards.

They also demanded long terms loans with no or little interests from the SME sector as running capital to run their business.

The statement said the authorities should consider the restaurant sector as front liners of the pandemic as this is a service sector and giving instructions to provide vaccines to owners-workers on an emergency basis.