Restaurant revenues increased by more than 100 per cent during the New Year holidays compared to the same period last year. This is largely due to more people dining out with their family and friends.
In addition, many hawkers and street vendors had shut shop for the New Year, driving customers to restaurants,” Khu said. Thaniwan Kulamongkhol, chairman of the Thai restaurant association yesterday.
“The government’s decision to allow in-house dining has contributed significantly to the recovery of the restaurant industry, especially from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2,” she said. “However, it remains to be seen whether sales will decline later in the month due to several factors, including the Covid19 situation.”
Thaniwan also stated that the number of people eating out during the New Year is an indication that the public is not too concerned about the Omicron variant.
“People have been locked up under lockdowns for far too long and they want to blow off steam over the New Years break after working hard all year,” she said. “Most people believe that eating out at restaurants is still safe if they exercise caution, including wearing face masks and keeping a safe distance from others.”
The association’s chairman admitted that restaurants can be risky because they can create new clusters of infection, especially if operators don’t strictly adhere to disease control measures, which include getting all staff members full vaccinations and limiting alcohol sales.
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