Restaurant owners plan protest against Covid-19 restrictions

Sea House restaurant in Malé City | Photo: Corporate Maldives

Malé, Maldives – Restaurant Association of Maldives have announced a protest again in the capital city Malé for tomorrow.

The restaurant owners are planning the protest for tomorrow against Covid-19 restrictions in place by the state. The protest named “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” is to take place at 16:00 at the Carnival area in Malé.

Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country in May, restaurants in the greater Malé area are closed for dine in customers. The eateries are only allowed to provide take away and delivery services which are causing great financial damage to the businesses.

The Parliament’s Committee on Economic Affairs on May 27 finalized that cafés, restaurants, hotels, and other eateries will not receive compensations for their losses due to continued extension and strengthening of precautionary measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The opening and closing hours of restaurants and cafés were changed countless times due to Covid-19 restrictions. Many of these places have a peak number of customers at night and suffered irrecoverable losses.

After investigating the bill, the Committee on Economic Affairs decided that they could not go with it as the budget for this year could not allow such expenses to be made without undergoing deficit.

The restaurant owners have preciously also held protests against the Covid-19 restrictions.