States have imposed night curfew-like restrictions to control the fast-spreading new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, so those who celebrate New Year’s Eve undoubtedly have bad plans. Would have been If the impact of these restrictions is going to be the most on anyone, it will be on hotels and restaurants, which were hoping to earn some money at the end of this second year of the pandemic.
At the same time, now restaurants and hotels are once again with the help of facilities like take-away, online order and home delivery. They fear that the business may get hit again and there is also a possibility of business cooling in this weekend of the new year.
Meanwhile, Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal urged people to encourage the restaurant industry by placing orders on New Year’s Eve.
Goyal tweeted on Friday, “Today is a big day for the restaurant industry. Stay home, stay safe, and order. We are ready to serve you.”
Explain that amidst the increasing number of Omicron cases, Delhi has imposed night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am from December 27. Maharashtra has also imposed curfew from 9 pm to 6 am from December 24.
Restaurants hardest-hit by the pandemic were expecting bumper business this December, as the second wave of COVID-19 broke out and governments lifted restrictions on movement.
The restaurant industry saw a boom in October and November, as active and new Covid-19 cases dropped and several state governments relaxed restrictions.
According to a recent report by the Retailers Association of India, quick-service restaurants (QSRs) saw a 29 per cent jump in sales in November 2021, compared to a 5 per cent jump during the same period in 2019 (before the pandemic). Fine-dining restaurants were also close to pre-pandemic numbers in November 2021 and were expected to increase further in December.