There are numerous worries concerning the relaxation of restaurant standard operating procedures, one of which is the safety of restaurant employees.
Dato Jawahar Ali, President of the Persatuan Pengusaha Restoran Muslim Malaysia, told Business Today that 80 percent of restaurant workers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are fully immunised.
“Nearly 80% of the employees in Selangor and Wilayah have been vaccinated, and they are waiting 14 days to reach complete immunisation status,” he says.
He also claims that not all of the organization’s members are opening for dine-in due to the large number of infections in the country.
“Some members’ restaurant workers in northern areas like Kedah, Perlis, Perak, and Johor are not vaccinated,” he claims.
“Overall, those who have opened restaurants for dining say things are going well, albeit there are a few concerns with obstinate customers who quarrel with the workers when we ask them to show their immunisation certificates.”
Despite this, he claims that 80 percent of customers follow the SOPs, but that the demand for dine-in is not overwhelming because most customers prefer takeout.
In a WhatsApp message, he writes, “We do recommend folks to take it away for now.”
Some eateries have seen a 10% rise in revenue, primarily in locations near factories. However, many living in close proximity to housing zones are still fearful of the pandemic.
Nevertheless, he believes that the 14-day waiting period after vaccination for restaurant employees should be relaxed.
“Eateries should be permitted to employ personnel who have already been vaccinated. They should not be required to wait 14 days. It will assist our members in generating more revenue during these challenging times.
“We won’t be generating a profit any time soon, but we should be able to pay off some bills. In the months ahead, I don’t see anyone making a profit unless full dine-in is allowed when the cases go down.”