Tourist restaurants most affected among sector; holiday season brings no solace

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AMMAN — The restaurant sector continues to face many challenges due to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the Jordan Restaurant Association (JRA) told Al-Rai on Sunday.اضافة اعلان

JRA President Essam Fakhreddin said that tourist restaurants outside Amman, who rely primarily on tourists for their income, are the most affected.

Fakhreddin told Al-Rai that along with the increase in COVID-19 cases and the spread of the new Omicron variantsince the beginning of September, tourist restaurants have seen a noticeable decrease in visitors, leading sales to almost diminish and dropping in some facilities by 50 percent.

Fakhreddin praised the cooperation of the Central Bank of Jordan and its efforts towards the tourism sector, including allowing businesses to defer due payments. However, he said that the winter season is a slow seasons for restaurants, and will be further affected by any increase in coronavirus infections, “taking businesses back to square one”.

Additionally, this Christmas and New Year’s season has seen many cancelled bookings at restaurants due to Omicron cases and restrictions on entry into public facilities, leading people to opt for limited gatherings at home.

Fakhreddin assured that tourist restaurants have fully complied with defense orders since the beginning of the pandemic, but pointed out that Defense Order 35 will further reduce the number of visitors to restaurants and result in additional losses.

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