Vadodara: Staring at losses due to the recently imposed night curfew, restaurateurs in the Vadodara city have urged the city police to extend the deadline for food deliveries by one hour. The Vadodara Food Entrepreneurs (VFE), an association of 150 restaurant owners, have written to the city police commissioner Shamsher Singh and expressed the restaurant industry’s concerns.
“The night curfew now begins at 10 pm and it directly impacts our business as there will be a dip in the number of diners. We are already facing losses as the restaurants are operating at 50% capacity while our costs including staff salaries, rentals and other expenses have remained the same,” said Nitin Nanavaty, president of VFE.
“We have requested the police department to allow dine-ins at restaurants till 11 pm. If dine-in hour can’t be extended, then we have urged the cops to allow food deliveries from the restaurant till 11 pm. We have also requested the police to allow travel of restaurant staff till 11.30 pm,” Nanavaty told TOI. VFE has promised that the restaurants will be open for audits and they will follow all Covid guidelines.
The restaurateurs were planning to stage a protest in Sayajigunj on Wednesday but the police denied permission citing Covid cases.