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Restaurants expected to restore 70 to 80 percent of business on Mother's Day

Restaurants expected to restore 70 to 80 percent of business on Mother's Day

Restaurants in Hong Kong are expected to restore 70 to 80 percent of business on Mother's Day, an industry veteran said.
As the Covid-19 pandemic gradually went under control and the cap of diners per table being relaxed to eight, restaurants and shopping malls have seen a surge of customers on Mother's Day Sunday.

Yeung Wai-sing, chairman of the Association for Hong Kong Catering Services Management, said the restaurant business was recovering, with Sunday expected to be the best in all sectors since the fifth wave of the outbreak.

"The overall reservation today was ideal, while eateries could restore their business to 70 to 80 percent compared to the level before the fifth wave of the pandemic."

An infection outbreak cluster was detected at a Chinese restaurant-- Peony Golden Court -- in Yuen Long on Friday, involving three men and a woman aged between 47 and 66. They didn't know each other and visited the restaurant from 6.30am to 9am on May 1.

However, Yeung said as restaurants have maintained stringent anti-epidemic measures, small outbreaks in one or two eateries will not affect citizens' desire to eat out.

"The restaurant was not punished, nor being asked to shut down," he said. "So as long as restaurants follow the rules, they will not be punished even if there is an outbreak."

A restaurant manager said they have launched Mother's Day menus including abalone, crab, and lobster to attract customers. He said the reservation rate is ideal, and the restaurant set to have two rounds of dine-in services starting at 6pm and 8pm on Mother's Day.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor also uploaded photos holding flowers that are expected to be a gift received for Mother's Day, and wishing all mothers healthy and happy.
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