Restaurant owners have their say on impact of possible tier 3 extension
Restaurant owners in Derbyshire have spoken out about the potential impact of a possible extension to tier 3 restrictions.
Nawa, owner of the Himalayan Gurkha Restaurant, in Derby, claimed it would be unfair to keep dining venues closed while other areas of the economy remain relatively unaffected.
He said: “We are actually very much hoping to open the restaurant and would feel really disappointed if we can’t, as all the non-essential shops, barbers and beauty shops are open whereas eating in has been left behind.
“It would feel even more disappointing as the town centres are packed with people where social distancing is hard to maintain.
“We are struggling as we are losing out so much and it’s getting harder to remain open only for takeaways.”
However, for Holly Faulkner, joint owner of Derby-based The Wonky Table, lifting restrictions now would still be a case of too little, too late.
Holly said it would be difficult to prepare for a move out of tier 3, and that her staff would have to work overtime to make reopening worthwhile.
She said: “We’ve not been taking bookings and we haven’t put up Christmas decorations in the restaurant because we just can’t predict what’s going to happen.
“Our staff numbers are limited because we’ve had to keep some people on furlough, so some of us would have to pull 14-hour shifts to make it work.
“We’d also have to sort stuff out with our suppliers pretty quickly. It hasn’t been worth the risk to order food supplies if we don’t know we’re going to need it.
“How can you prepare when you don’t know what’s going on?”
You can hear from more restaurant owners in our full story here: Restaurants have their say on impact of possible tier 3 extension