Express press service
BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai met with representatives of the food and beverage industry on Thursday and gave them a “patient and empathetic” audience regarding their business issues due to repeated COVID-related shutdowns since March 2020.
Talk to The new Indian Express, Chethan Hegde of 1522 and SuzyQ of 1522 said that together with Ajay Gowda of Byg Brewski Brewing Company and Bob’s Bar, and Sibi Venkataraju of Toit brewpub, on behalf of the National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI) and Craft Brewers Association (CBA ), Bengaluru chapters, met Bommai at his private residence in RT Nagar on Thursday afternoon.
“This was a long overdue meeting with the CM. We wanted to inform him of our business losses due to repeated closures and night and weekend curfews, and we wanted to ask him to relax the restrictions” , said Hegde.
“The CM came across as a very understanding person. He told us he was aware of business losses due to Covid restrictions and would like businesses to return to normal in the state. past experience of the second deadly wave last year and the rising cases of COVID-19, he must make informed decisions after consulting with experts from the Technical Advisory Committee on Thursday evening,” Hegde said.
He added that they had asked the CM to lift the weekend curfew, which killed their business, and extend the nighttime curfew from 10 p.m. to midnight.
“We explained that if we open our opening hours until noon, we can better manage crowds at our home. We also assured the CM that we would strictly adhere to all Covid protocols and that under the current circumstances, we will do business well with 50% occupancy,” he added.
Bommai assured F&B representatives that he would make an informed decision on Friday, only after meeting with TAC. On Wednesday, the CM had hinted at a relaxation of the curfew in the coming days after consultations with experts.