BRITS could face the end of the “cheap curry night” if the two-metre social distancing rule is imposed on Indian restaurants, it is claimed.
And the fear is that the pandemic could mean that between a third and a half of them “close for good”.
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Many such restaurants are small and rely on tables closely packed to offer competitively priced meals.
Bosses of all restaurants and pubs want the Government to half the distance to one metre
Another worry is that customers will stay away as two groups — older people and the Asian community — have been particularly hit by Covid-19.
Shahab Uddin, who owns Streetly Balti in Sutton Coldfield, West Mids, contributed to a report by Aston University on concerns within the sector.
He said all restaurants and pubs are under pressure but the threat to curry houses, run mostly by those with a Bangladeshi background, is greater.
Takings from takeaways are a fraction of what they would earn from customers dining in.
Mr Uddin said: “We’re going to have to put up prices by a £1 per meal to make a go of things if and when we reopen.
Sonny Ahmed, with restaurants in Bradford and Portsmouth, “wouldn’t be surprised if 50 per cent close for good.”
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