Unlock 1.0: Trouble Cooking In City Eateries?

The New Indian Express Chennai|June 02, 2020

Unlock 1.0: Trouble Cooking In City Eateries?
Many could not reopen hotels as their workers, mostly from north and northeastern States, have returned home; employing local workers proving costly, they say
Sahaya Novinston Lobo

Planning to dine out during unlock 1.0? You may have to wait a little longer to savour your favourite dishes. Thanks to the mass exodus of workers, most of them natives of northern States, restaurants in the city are struggling to reopen even as the government has relaxed restrictions.

Restaurant owner A Rajendran in Santhome is a worried man. “We had 13 workers from Assam and Meghalaya, besides five local employees. I tried to convince them not to go home but I didn’t have the money to hold them back. We tried cooking just for home deliveries and parcels but ended up making losses. Now that things are coming back to normalcy, we don’t have enough people to work,” he said.

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June 02, 2020