Published: 2020-09-19 13:44
Last Updated: 2020-09-19 17:20
The Amman Chamber of Commerce's board of directors called for the cancellation of the decision to limit restaurants' services to pickup and delivery only for a period of two weeks immediately.
Members of the tourist restaurant sector and Chamber of Commerce objected to the decision on Thursday, indicating that the tourist restaurant sector is one of the most committed sectors to health and safety instructions.
People believe that the decision threatens their businesses, investments and could lead to bankruptcy, which will affect the lives of many workers.
Their sector is bound by cheques that restaurants pay off with sales revenue to cover the cost of rent and operating expenses.
The tourist restaurant sector has incurred a lot of financial losses, estimated at millions of dinars, since the beginning of the coronavirus.
Seventy percent of tourist restaurants do not offer home delivery and those who do cannot cover 50% of their expenses.
The sector includes more than a 1,000 restaurants that employ approximately 22,000 employees, 70% of of which are from the Jordanian workforce, who were invested in and trained at the highest level of professionalism.
Sales of tourist restaurants have declined more than 50 percent, since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, due to the suspension of the tourist season from Arab and foreign countries.
The lack of conferences and other activities that used to attract international businessmen, in addition to instructions from the Ministry of Tourism and the National Committee for Epidemics, have been a huge contributor to the losses.
The chamber stands behind all its members, supports their demands and will not abandon them.
The chamber calling on the government to compensate them and all sectors affected by the closures, official decisions, defense orders and partial and total lockdowns.