Restaurants association rejects ban on outdoor dining

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Rawalpindi Restaurants Association has rejected the ban on outdoor dining saying the government has targeted restaurants and marriage halls only.

President of the association Chaudhry Mohammad Farooq in a statement on Thursday termed the latest restriction as the government’s ill-considered move which would adversely affect the restaurants’ business rendering hundreds and thousand jobless.

He said the restaurants industry had taken all the precautions and got all the employees of hospitality sector vaccinated.

According to him, the restaurant owners have already been burdened because of the ban imposed on them since 2019 and they are under numerous financial constraint because of payment of salaries to the employees, utility bills and repayment of debt.

He however said that the restaurant owners were ready to cooperate with the government to cope up with the 5th wave of Covid-19 and even willing to establish vaccination counters within their premises for administering booster doze of vaccine.

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