The Malta Independent 18 January 2022, Tuesday

Catering association warns of consequences of more restrictions

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 15:07 Last update: about 26 days ago

The Association of Catering Establishment (ACE) has backed statements by Health Minister Chris Fearne on focusing on promoting and administering Covid-19 booster shots rather than reintroducing more restrictions such as the closure of restaurants.

The association which represents restaurateurs warned on Wednesday that there would be consequences should the catering industry be forced to shut down due to the rise in Covid-19 cases. It said that a lot is at stake for workers in the catering industry.

It said that while the increase in positive cases is worrying, statements made on the media about more restrictions was also concerning.

According to a recent survey, 18.7% of outlets had to be shut down permanently, it said. The association also pointed out the financial unsustainability of the Covid-19 wage supplement for the government.

The Malta Union of Nurses said on Wednesday that the hospital is full, pointing out that this was a consequence of the government failing to impose more restrictions.

The ACE also encouraged its employees to take the COVID vaccine and booster in their interest and that of the community.

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