Despite the concession from government that restaurants could open their doors, there was little thought given to what would be needed for these businesses to sustain themselves.
As it stands, the industry is struggling to stay above water.
In response to this, The Restaurant Collective (R|C), which represents 12 members, who between them operate more than 500 sit-down restaurants across the country, penned an open letter to the president calling for action.
Amongst other things, they’ve requested that the sale of alcohol be allowed with meals, along with an amendment to the curfew time from 9PM to 10PM.
In addition to the letter, across the country, restaurant workers, owners and affiliates have taken to the streets today to protest the government’s lack of action to help them sustain the industry.
Jobs are being lost, and businesses are desperately struggling to make up the revenue that they were unable to generate during the first four months of the national lockdown.