State government's decision of weekend curfew has adversely affected business of bars and restaurants in Guwahati

Guwahati: Despite the Assam government’s nod to allow bars and restaurants serving liquor in Guwahati to reopen amid compliance to COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing norms from August 7, a section of such establishments have decided to shut their businesses at least till August 15.

Some of the owners of bars and restaurants in the city believe that the state government’s decision of weekend curfew has adversely affected their business.

Usually, weekends are when they do most of their business. In light of such circumstances, some of the bar owners on the busy GS Road of the city and peripheral areas have decided to stall their reopening till August 15.

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“Most of my staff members are from other parts of the state and have gone home due to the lockdown. For me to open, it will take some more days. Besides ,to open on alternative days, will also be challenging to make up with the costs of opening. I have already incurred a lot of losses since March,” said the owner of a bar on GS Road.

These bar owners believe that it would anyway be difficult to attract customers as many would not want to come out to drink alcohol and, with the prescribed guidelines, the chances get even lower.

“During a pandemic, the number of people coming out would be very low and to limit it to weekdays is not all profitable for us. Our business peaks during the nighttime where we serve the most people,” said Hrishikesh Pathak, owner of Tadka Nation.

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Pathak had to let go of almost half of his employees to keep up with the costs of running his restaurant.

Restaurants have had to bear the brunt of lockdown and the fear psychosis that came along with it.

For many establishments, doors have been shut forever, also affected employment of many involved in the sector. Job losses and salary cuts have been quite common in this sector.

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