Restaurant owners want dine-in services resumed across Pakistan

In this picture taken on December 6, 2018, Pakistani patrons enjoy eating grilled meat cooked on a barbeque at the Charsi (Hashish) Tikka restaurant in Namak Mandi in Peshawar. - The sweet aroma of mutton smoke drifts through a maze of crumbling alleyways, a barbecue tang that for decades has lured meat-eaters from across Pakistan to the frontier city of Peshawar. The ancient city, capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has retained its reputation for some of Pakistan's tastiest cuisine despite taking the brunt of the country's bloody war with militancy. (Photo by ABDUL MAJEED / AFP) / To go with Pakistan-culture-food-bbq-Peshawar,FEATURE by David STOUT

Karachi (HRNW) More than 100,000 restaurants across the country closed due to the lockdown should be allowed resume dine-in facilities, All Pakistan Restaurant Association Chairperson Sheikh Abdul Waheed said.

In a press conference on Friday, he said that restaurants are a source of income for more than five million people in the country and due to the lockdown they have been rendered jobless.

“Business is not even equivalent to 10% in parcel and delivery services,” Waheed revealed, adding that this was only beneficial for multi-national food chains.

“Everything such as travel and markets have been reopened, only restaurants remain closed,” he said, questioning if COVID-19 could only spread at restaurants.

“We will wait for a verdict from the government till May 31 and will resume our businesses after that, whatever the decision is,” he said. “If the government does not support us, we will be forced to come out onto the streets.”

Waheed promised that they will ensure implementation of the government’s SOPs strictly.


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