The move to lift some of the restrictions on in-house dining has been described as a “positive step” by businessman/restaurateur Peter George Jr., owner of the Trotters and Buzo Restaurants, to name a few.
The Prime Minister, on Saturday announced that in-house dining can resume at a 50 per cent capacity and that no more than ten people can sit together. And, no alcohol can be served.
George, in an interview with GML, said: “I understand what the Government is dealing with. I think it is a positive step. We had to get the show back on the road and this is a baby step in doing that.”
However, George did not understand government’s decision to not allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants.
He said “If you can’t have a glass of wine, I don’t understand how that moves the needle. How does not having a glass of wine help in what they set out to achieve?”
According to George, an estimated 30 to 40 per cent of the revenue of a restaurant comes from the selling of wine and other types of alcohol, so not allowing alcohol to be sold is still a big setback.