SINGAPORE – Coffee shop operators are looking forward to the resumption of dining in next Tuesday (Aug 10), even though it will be limited to groups of two people per table. Hawkers told The Straits Times that allowing groups of two to dine in without having to check their vaccination status was a good move, as it would be difficult to do this checking without additional manpower or incurring cost. On Friday, the Covid-19 multi-ministry task force announced that people will be allowed to dine at eateries in groups of up to five from next Tuesday if they are fully vaccinated. It also added that everyone will be able to dine at hawker centres and coffee shops regardless of vaccination status – but only in groups of two people. Unvaccinated individuals are allowed to eat at hawker centres and coffee shops because these places are open and naturally ventilated, said the Ministry of Health. Mr Hong Poh Hin, chairman of the Foochow Coffee Restaurant and Bar Merchants Association which represents about 400 coffee shops, said business had dropped about 40 to 50 per cent across its members, with drink stalls being hit the hardest and losing up to 90 per… Read full this story
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