Romanian PM, Ludovic Orban, announced on Tuesday, August 25, that restaurants could be opened again starting on September the 1st. A decision on that could be taken on Wednesday. The announcement came after last week the restaurant employees in Bucharest started protesting against the restrictions to work.
Ludovic Orban said conditions for opening would be imposed to the restaurants owners, who would have to take measures to prevent the infections.
Even though, not all the restaurants will be able to re-open on September the 1st. Apart from the lack of money for fulfilling all the conditions expected to be imposed by authorities, the re-opening will also depend on the infection rate in the area where the restaurant operates. The rules are to be established, but it is the first step taken by the authorities for really helping the hospitality industry, drastically affected during pandemic.
According to the hospitality unions, the revenues for the Romanian hospitality industry declined with 70% in the first 6 months and 40% of the restaurants suspended their activity because the Government didn’t open the locations in due time.