Fast food chain to stop dine-in services, focus on takeout

The fast-food chain Cafe de Coral will halt dine-in services at most of its outlets to reduce the risk of transmission, switching to take-out only from tomorrow.

The same goes for congee restaurant Super Super Congee and Noodles, Coral Group’s parent company Cafe said yesterday.

The group will announce the list of selected stores that will continue to provide catering service before tomorrow.

Adjustments will be made to the opening hours and service models of the group’s other casual dining brands, although institutional dining units will remain in operation at the request of customers.

General Manager Piony Leung Ho-ting explained, “To protect the health of customers and employees, we have decided to ban on-site catering services to reduce the risk of transmission when customers remove their masks to eat in. our restaurants. We will focus on providing take-out services.

She added that the change will reduce the problems of crowding inside the outlets and at the same time relieve the psychological pressure on the employees while they carry out their work.

Thus, the arrangement “also seeks to balance the welfare of our employees with the interests of consumers and businesses,” Leung said.

She expressed her gratitude to the staff at Café de Coral for showing “extreme professionalism” in their dedication and spirit in carrying out their work despite the severity of the pandemic.

Another catering company, LH Group, said it would suspend operations at all of its 46 branches, including Japanese barbecue and hotpot outlets from today, citing an “environment mediocre business in which it is unable to operate”.

Executive Director Simon Wong Kit-lung said the suspension was aimed at reducing costs, keeping employees safe and minimizing losses during the worsening pandemic.

He said the risk of infection for LH staff had been increased and the group had faced commercial pressure due to restrictions imposed by strict social distancing measures.

“It’s catastrophic for the SAR restaurant industry right now,” Wong remarked.

Simon Wong Ka-wo, chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Allied Trades, said up to 5,000 of the city’s 16,000 restaurants are expected to suspend operations by April.

He said after the Hong Kong-wide testing campaign next month, more than 2,000 restaurants will have to close, while 300 outlets of various businesses have already done so after a 90% drop in their activities.

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