Singapore restaurant owners face a gloomy Lunar New Year, with Covid-related interruptions signalling that even countries with a good handle on cases will suffer until the pandemic is under control globally.

A labour-supply crunch in the food and beverage sector and government restrictions on office-sponsored parties will weigh even more on a sector that’s already suffering more than the general economy. Across the region, much of which marks the holiday starting Friday, this year’s celebrations are likely to be muted given the ongoing struggle to control outbreaks of Covid.

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