Kerala: Small restaurants face financial loses; Will the state government come to the rescue?

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Restaurant owners in Kerala are facing an unprecedented situation where nearly 24,000 small restaurants are on the verge of a shut down following huge financial losses following the lockdown. Restaurant owners say that for small hotels located within 200 to 300 Square Feet area, the new SOPs by the MHA for reopening will be difficult to adhere to. With 75 per cent dip in revenue and with the unavailability of workers, small and middle scale restaurant owners are at the mercy of the state government. The Kerala State government is yet to release the new guidelines for opening up restaurants. Members of the Kerala Hotel Association is pinning the hopes on state government’s decision on including small scale restaurants under the MSME. Sending a ground report from inside a restaurant named ‘New Heavens’ in Trivandrum. Mr Madhusoodhan Nair, the owner of the 78-year-old hotel says that it will not be feasible for restaurant owners to run the business in the current environment.

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