It’s undoubtedly been a really tough 12 months for restaurants in Hong Kong and there are new calls on the government to hand out HK$8 billion as catering businesses struggle to survive through August as a result of the new dining restrictions. Delivery and take out will continue to be critical to the restaurant industry during this time.
But despite the inevitable financial loss, restaurants will also need to consider the impact of the new restrictions on their staff. The industry predicts that there won’t be a wave of lay-offs as many restaurants are still bound by the terms of the wage subsidy scheme. However, many staff may be asked to take unpaid leave. Finding ways to support their mental health and wellbeing during these stressful times will be paramount and even the most simple of gestures, such as an ‘how are you doing’ will go a long way. Do read our next news item with more ideas for how we can support many of the communities around us as we all join forces to get through this together.
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