HK restricts seat covers in restaurants, effective on 28th March for 14 days, to fight Coronavirus. Instead of ban to sell alcohol in restaurants bars.
In light of Virus spike, HK restricts seat covers in restaurants in order to increase distance among customers. In other words, more than 15,000 restaurants and bars have to adjust the seat arrangements accordingly.
This mandate will be effective at 6pm on 28th March (Sat) for 14 days. Would it be a relief for all restaurants and bars? As HK Government has dropped the plan to ban alcohol sales in restaurants and bars.
Perhaps it’s the darkest time for FB industry now. In particular for a city like Hong Kong with high overhead costs. Unlike other cities, HK restaurants and bars are still operating despite the Coronavirus outbreak.
FB operators have tried best to live in this uncertain time by adopting various Coronavirus safety measures. However, the virus is so contagious that all public areas can become the place for infection. Restaurants and bars welcome all customers without knowing who are infected.
Once infected customers walk in their doors, that implies temporary closure in next 14 days for disinfection and staff quarantine. In such case, some FB operators have already cut short the operating hours, or opt out the dinner dine-in. It might be the way out to keep afloat of the restaurant business.
HK Restricts Seat Covers of Restaurants Bars – How?
On 23rd March, HK government announced the plan to ban alcohol sales in restaurants and bars. In recent few days, many FB operators, in particular from bar industry, have voiced out their opposition of the ban.
At last, the government has confirmed to leave the plan of liquor ban. Instead, a number of measures will be imposed to all restaurants, cafes and bars who are holding food licences.
What are these measures? Let’s take a look here:
(1) Seat covers not more than 50% (as on licence);
(2) Minimum distance between tables is 1.5 meters;
(3) Not more than 4 persons in one table;
(4) All staff and customers are compulsory to wear masks (except when customers are eating);
(5) All customers need to have temperature checks;
(6) Hand sanitizer provided in restaurants
What have Restaurants Done before HK Restricts Seat Covers?
In fact, a number of nightclubs and bars have already suspended operation since HK government announced the plan to ban alcohol sales.
HK Restaurant Group, Dao Heung, will end service at 4:00pm tomorrow for two weeks. Also, fast food chains, McDonald’s and Cafe de Carol, have stopped dinner dine-in too.
Meanwhile, there is no sign to end the virus spread. Even worse, the deadly virus spiked to record high today. People are now more cautious and refrain from eating out. As a consequence, more restaurants are offering big discounts for food takeout.
Apparently, many restaurants are still struggling to stay afloat. Are mandatory measures to restrict seat covers adding salts to the wound of FB industry?
Anyhow, we hope these measures will help to contain the virus spread. And we can ride over this difficult time soon!