Fri, 18 Sep 2020 21:20:07 +0000
Bar owners ask gov’t for secured loans
BARS are no longer about rumshop culture. The business ties into sports and leisure, employs over 20,000 people, and earns the State about $1 billion in annual revenue, playing a key role in the economy, stakeholders have charged.
The Barkeepers and Owners Association's president Teron Mohan, its PRO Anil Maharaj and vice-president Sataish Moonesar held a media conference on Friday, to appeal to government for loans, among other reasons.
They also strongly denounce any suggestions that bars played a significant part in the recent surge of covid19, attributed to community spread.
In addition to dozens of bars that have already closed permanently since the first lockdown in March, the association also argued that the country will struggle to cope with the repercussions of rising unemployment, as more bars are sure to follow.
The bars are now a month into another set of restrictions.While they can open, customers are required to leave the premises after making a purchase. That, many argue, is fine for liquor marts and grocery stores, but not for bars and lounges that cater to seated customers.
"Most of the bars cannot see the feasibility in opening," Maharaj said. "The costs to the overheads far surpass the revenue they were making on a da