Restaurants call on Prime Minister to relax Covid measures

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Restaurants call on Prime Minister to relax Covid measures

Banning on-site eating slashed income by more than 50% and injured employees, group says

The latest tightened Covid-19 restrictions allow restaurants in dark red areas, including Bangkok, to open for take-out only until 9 p.m. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

Restaurant owners have called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to ease restrictions on Covid-19, including lifting the ban on food services.

Food and beverage operators are suffering from restrictions imposed by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said Pasinee Pitaknilpradap, president of the Restaurant and Goods Product Association (RGPA).

The government has increased its Covid controls, expanding restrictions in the “dark red” strict and maximum control areas where the virus has been spreading rapidly since the start of April.

In the dark red provinces, including Bangkok, restaurants can only open for take out until 9 p.m.

Dinner is allowed until 9 p.m. in the red zones and until 11 p.m. in the orange zones, without the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages. In the red zones, restaurants can take take out orders until 11 p.m.

The restrictions have hurt operators with revenues down by more than 50% and hundreds of thousands of employees also affected, said Ms Pasinee, who sent a letter to General Prayut asking for relief.

The association wants the Prime Minister to help operators by allowing restaurants and eateries to provide catering services to customers. He also asked him to exempt and reduce income taxes, signage tax and property and property tax; reduce electricity and water costs and reduce employers’ contributions to the social security fund (SSF).

To help the employees, the association asked the government to compensate them for the loss of income up to 50% of their salary, and to extend the period of reduction of 2% of contributions to the SSF.



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