All restaurants close in Lebanon
More than 150,000 jobs are now at risk in the sector
The general secretary of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Nightclubs, Cafes, and Patisseries in Lebanon, Maya Bekhazi Noun, has said the decision to shut down all restaurants in the country due to COVID-19 will “send a deathblow to the restaurant sector”.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Noun said that the sector’s 150,000 employees are now at risk, with the industry already struggling due to the political and economic instability of the country before the current coronavirus outbreak.
Between September 2019 and February 2020, 785 F&B outlets closed their doors in Lebanon according to data from the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Nightclubs, Cafes, and Patisseries and there are fears this will get significantly worse in the face of a long shutdown due to COVID-19.
Across the Middle East, governments are following suit, with Dubai following Abu Dhabi’s example in closing all nightclubs and suspending events until the end of March.