Restaurants show signs of recovery — sector representative

SourceJordan Times

AMMAN — Restaurants and cafés in the Kingdom have started witnessing signs of recovery since the lifting of Friday lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to the Jordan Association for Restaurants and Sweets Shops Owners. “Lockdown-free Fridays have helped restaurants to bounce back. Things are not like before, but we hope the situation gets better,” Omar Awwad, president of the Jordan Association for Restaurants and Sweets Shops Owners, told The Jordan Times on Sunday. The pandemic has not only been a “devastating health crisis”, but it has also affected many local eateries, whereas many restaurants closed temporarily until the situation gets better, he said, adding that many restaurant owners are waiting for summer to reopen. Last Friday, demand for restaurants fell by 30 per cent, given that people gathered outdoors, Awwad said, adding that the industry’s operators follow sector-specific guidelines. Before the crisis there were some 22,000 restaurants. Now only 18,000 are operating, Awwad noted. “Most restaurants lack sufficient liquidity, more...