Extra Hours For Fast Food
Kota Kinabalu: The implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), which came into force since March 18, has in fact affected the income of the average fast food entrepreneurs in the state.
Despite agreeing and supporting the government’s actions, however, the food industry players has hope that the state government can review its operating hours until 8.30pm.
Borenos Fried Chicken Director Janice Yeo said that since the MCO came into force, the 24 hours operation has changed from 8am to 5.30pm.
According to her, this has affected the fast food chain as their revenue has declined by about 40 percent.
“Therefore, we hope the government can review the operating hours for fast food premises, especially during the current month of Ramadan.
“Although operations were allowed until 6pm, we actually had to stop taking order as early as 5.15pm for other cleaning works,” she told Asia Times.
Janice said that it would be best for the government to hold a dialogue session with the food industry players in the state to exchange ideas, views and further understand the real situation.
She said that besides providing greater understanding to restaurant operators, the session will also provide an opportunities for them to voice their concerns.
“For example, we are currently utilising only 30% of our workforce while paying all employees full salaries.
“If the operating hours are extended, we will definitely need more restaurant staffs and this will create more employment,” she said.
Janice said currently fast food restaurants in some states are allowed to operate until 10pm.
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Article by Fardy Bungga, 6/5/2020