Restaurants threaten govt to stage sit-in if ban on dine-in facility not lifted

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Zubair Qureshi

All Pakistan hotels and restaurants association has threatened to launch countrywide protest if the government does not allow restaurants to offer dine in facility to their customers and make their business fully functional strictly following the SOPs.
In a virtual session of the action committee of the association held under the chair of its chairman Mumtaz Ahmad the meeting expressed serious concern over the government decision to continue ban on dine in facility at restaurants till Feb 28 the action committee questioned that if other businesses with big gatherings was allowed it was unjust and cruel on part of government to continue ban on dine in facility at restaurants.

The continued ban on restaurants had virtually ruined their business and most of the small restaurants have been closed down or at the verge of closure.
They demanded of the National Command Operation Center (NCOC) to immediately lift the restriction on dine in facility otherwise the owners of restaurants and hotels would left with no choice but to come on roads.

The virtual session of the action committee was also addressed by President of All Pakistan Anjuman Tajaran Ajmal Baloch and extended complete support to the restaurants body in its just crisis to get restaurants business fully operational.

Chaudhry Mohammad Farooq general secretary of the association said that the government has allowed reopening of schools and transports are also working as per routine. He said that hotels and restaurants are more ventilated and capable to ensure social distancing. He said that the industry is providing earning to thousands of jobless people and indefinite closure will deprive them of their jobs.

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