Following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions imposed during the “circuit breaker” period, consumers are out and about again, giving business to restaurants and other F&B outlets. These are good signs that the industry is recovering from its darkest moments during the circuit breaker.

But, this recovery is expected to be gradual as restaurants are not yet operating at their maximum capacity due to safe distancing measures, which puts a cap on the number of consumers at any point in time. With the impending Phase Three starting on Dec 28, eight people will be able to dine together, up from five currently. While this is some way to go before the norm, at the very least, it is something that the F&B industry won’t say no to.

“Whenever there is an opportunity for people to relax [when restrictions are eased], they have done it with great gusto,” says restauranteur Loh Lik Peng, CEO of Unlisted Collection.

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