Night curfew spells bad news for pubs, bars in Noida and Ghaziabad. The decision by the Noida and Ghaziabad authorities to impose a curfew from 10pm to 5am came as a major stumbling block for tourists, owners of several restaurants, cafes and bars not only concerned about their business but also the future of the workers, many of whom have been repatriated. Covid-19 cases began to decline sharply earlier this year.
Yogesh Sharma, owner of The Flying Dutchman’s pub and pub said that since the start of 2021, we have seen a 20-25% growth in sales prices. However, from late March, growth began to sink due to a new wave of coronavirus. Now that night-time restrictions have been imposed on Noida and Ghaziabad, they expect the bar business to shrink by 70-75. It has stores in Gaziabad’s Baixarapuram and Noida’s Wave City Center in Section 32.
Usually the bars are open until 1 p.m. However, Sharma added, they will have to close at 9pm so that their staff can get home before nighttime time starts at 10pm.
Shailendra Rao, manager at the Black Club + Café at Gaur City Mall in Noida Extension, said, “All the bar owners are in good condition. We were going to bring back the losses that happened last year and now, we have a set time to get home at night. The foot was rising earlier this year but is now back to zero ”.
Even the best-selling restaurants are a bit of a no-brainer.
“The family meal starts at 9.30pm and continues. The curfew from 10pm will adversely affect our business. We do not agree at all with the time set for the night, ”said Rajkumar Tomar, owner of Mystery of Food kitchen and bar, and the Cafe Republic, both in Ghaziabad’s Baixarapuram.
Owners of restaurants and restaurants hope that the curfew will not be extended before April 17.
“We are all very scared if the curfew is extended. Recently, we called our employees back from their cities and ran a business. The curfew can also affect work. Business canteens start shipping only at 8pm. How are we going to survive? ”Said Sharad Madan, one of the owners of restaurants and bars in Imperfecto. Its two stores are located in Noida’s Sector 32 and 38 and one has recently been launched in Mdonapuram.
He added that customers visit restaurants and cafes as they feel safer when they see compliance with Covid-19 standards. “When customers themselves see the public confusion and other agreements being followed, they appreciate it and come back as they feel confident about the safety of the area. Nighttime times prefer restaurants and cafes that stay open late into the night and this does not seem appropriate to us, ”added Madan.
Anurag Katriar, president of the National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI), asked why the clock was set at night. “The deadline for deadlines has been set until April 17 and I don’t think Covid’s cases will be reduced in such a short time. I’m afraid (the time to get home at night) can be extended. Having said that, I do not understand that the restrictions on being held at night help to prevent the spread of the virus. Things were just starting to look up but this time set to come back at night has been a big problem for us, ”he said.
“All restaurants operate in a highly regulated environment, adhere to all Covid agreements and operate at low power. So how can that be detrimental to the spread of the virus when other services, such as public transport, operate during the day with full force? The hospitality sector is the government for its fight against the coronavirus. But the government should also look at us as partners and not obstacles. They should not discriminate against us, ”said Katriar.
On the other hand, experts say that while the time to get home at night can affect businesses, it is one step closer to stopping the spread of coronavirus.
“Large groups of people usually stay in bars and restaurants for long periods of time and, as they have to eat and drink, remove their masks. Such sites are already major distributors. Night stay at home will help close all facilities that remain open until late at night, ”said Dr K K Aggarwal, former president and member of the Indian Medical Association, (IMA) Noida.
Meanwhile, Noida Suhas L Y regional magistrate said the night shift was set for ‘excellent’.
“While I understand that the hospitality industry can be affected by arriving home at night, this is not the right time as the global epidemic is rampant at this time. We have to set boundaries to benefit the community, ”said Suhas.