Longer operating hours not helping restaurants

Khoo Gek San

Restaurant owners say they are facing a social shift in dining habits as fear of catching Covid-19 and more frugal spending means people are staying at home, even when they have the option to go out. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 23, 2021.

ALLOWING eateries to open until 10pm is not helping some businesses because customers are spending less, with dining on the premises still prohibited, food and beverage groups said.

The 10pm closing time for deliveries and takeaways was introduced after public complaints about the previous 8pm closing time, which was part of the initial standard operating procedures (SOP) for the current movement control order (MCO) that began nationwide on June 1.

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