MANAMA: More than 10,000 restaurants and 130 cafes started welcoming customers back inside yesterday after a shutdown that lasted more than seven months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It followed a decision by the Government Executive Committee allowing indoor dine-ins and outdoor sheesha services.
Cafes and restaurants, particularly where big TV screens are installed, witnessed a large number of visitors who were keen on securing a seat between 4pm and 8pm to watch the Spanish El Classico match between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Café and restaurant owners have expressed optimism about allowing outdoor sheesha service, which, they said, will help invigorate the sector since cafes’ revenues are largely dependent on sheesha sales.
“Providing indoor dine-ins and sheesha services in open areas affirms that Bahrain is moving in the right direction for a gradual return to normal life while several countries are considering closure anew,” Bahrain Small and Medium Enterprises Development Society chairman and Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry board member MP Ahmed Al Salloom told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.
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