Restaurant businesses were among the first to suffer from the coronavirus pandemic. Now that everybody is trying to figure out how to survive, it’s good that the state is there to help.
In different parts of the world, restaurant owners are looking for alternative ways to continue their work. A few of the most original ways to cope with the situation were Spanish restaurants installing plastic separators as well as Germans wearing hats fashioned out of swimming pool floats to keep social distancing, reports the travel magazine 34travel. The restaurant businesses of Perm and its twin cities also had to deal with quarantine and come up with new ideas.
The Business Class newspaper reported that in Perm the total number of customers in catering establishments has decreased by 70-90%. At the moment restaurants only offer take-out or delivery services. A lot of restaurants are now listed for sale or closed. Failure to comply with the restrictions set out in the Decree of the Governor of the Perm Krai is liable to judicial punishment. In the region, two cafes in the suburbs of Perm have already been fined for such violations. Rospotrebnadzor stated that even after the restrictions have been lifted, catering establishments will not continue working like they used to: measures of regular disinfection and use of personal protective equipment will remain mandatory for restaurant employees.
In the first half of March, Oxford restaurants continued their work with minor restrictions, but after March 18th, the restaurants were forced to close, reports The Local Voice newspaper. For restaurant business owners in Oxford, this new mode of operations has made matters very complicated. Nevertheless, many restaurants continue to offer take-out food: according to The Oxford Eagle, Dodo Pizza was the first establishment in the city that switched to contactless delivery. Oxford online publications introduced the #ServingOxfordSafely hashtag, through which people can find restaurants that comply with all regulations and work in a safe and orderly manner.
In Louisville, all the catering establishments now work as take-out only. In Kentucky, according to the National Association of Restaurants, there are about two hundred thousand restaurants and cafes. However, even outdoor dining areas have been completely empty for weeks. Now, Louisville’s restaurants are trying their best to stay afloat and comply with social distancing regulations so that the city’s residents are not hungry and stay safe. Wave3 News presented a list of Louisville establishments that offer take-out or delivery services. The list includes 134 establishments.
Since March 14th, with the closing of shopping centers by the decision of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, restaurants and cafes in the country, including Amnéville, have stopped serving customers. The establishments promptly organized delivery and take-out services. Mobile delivery applications such as Deliveroo and UberEats actively supported the new mode of operations of catering in France and began offering customers free delivery. The website Actu.fr described how the owners and employees of a café in Amnéville have kept their customers: holiday lunch packaging and the possibility of placing orders over the phone anywhere in the city are new options introduced with the spread of coronavirus. Vending machines have also gained in popularity but it is important to remember to follow all disinfection and individual protection measures when using them.
In Agrigento, as in the rest of Italy, cafes are closed and only offer take-out or delivery services. The mobile application Just Eat has become the most popular platform for ordering food from home, reports the news portal Il Fatto Quotidiano. According to Just Eat, the most frequently ordered dish is pizza. Famous chef Bruno Barbieri shared his thoughts on closing restaurants in the country in La Republica publication. Bruno believes that any situation needs to be approached with a positive attitude. But the chef himself prefers to stay home during the quarantine and not to put himself or his loved ones in danger.
For a long time, restaurant owners in Duisburg, and all of Germany, were annoyed by the fact that small retail outlets have been permitted to resume their work while hotels and catering establishments remain closed. The website Waz reported on the cunning strategies used by Germans to keep their restaurants running. Since street vendors are still permitted to offer their services, a resourceful restaurant owner decided to set up a barbecue in an improvised street stall. Despite the pandemic, a crowd of people gathered around the small restaurant; the only important thing was to keep social distancing. WDR reports that as of May 11th, restaurants in Germany have resumed their work under the following conditions: a distance of at least 1.5 meters must be kept between tables, and customers must provide a document of infection control and hygiene.
In Qingdao, the reopening of restaurants has been very gradual and careful. According to Barron’s, the Chinese government is making sure that every restaurant that resumes its work complies with all protective regulations regarding coronavirus. At the moment, restaurant customers are only allowed to dine while keeping their distance from each other. To help the restaurant businesses, the Chinese government has decided to cut taxes for catering establishments. The tax exemption could reach 10,000 yuan ($1,400) per month, Barron’s reported.