“When they see people in uniform, they are a little scared”
The hospitality sector will recover by the end of 2022, but only if there are no new waves of coronavirus, representatives of the Kazan Restaurant and Hotel Association said on February 2 and from Tatarstan. While the association records that around 30% of establishments in the republic have closed.
“These were mostly players or foodie enthusiasts who had just entered the market and didn’t understand the rules of the game, or companies whose financial model did not allow them to save their stability,” the company said. executive director of the association Galina Sharafutdinova.
Inspections on compliance with coronavirus restrictions in general do not influence the closure or a drop in revenue, she noted. Bars if inspections are often carried out there are an exception.
“The inspections do not influence the businessman because they have always been carried out by different agencies,” acknowledged the founder of Chalbar and Bazzar bars, Pokeshnaya Donat Mukhametshin. “Reps who are much older than me and have been in the business a long time know there have been tougher years from an inspection perspective.”
However, they influence the mental health of staff, he noted:
“When an inspection arrived in the establishment, now we have fairly young staff who nevertheless experienced a rather interesting, funny situation after 2015. In other words, these are people who in general thought that it would always be good. And now, when they see people in uniform, they are a little scared.
“At the moment, we are at the same point as a year ago”
Talking about anti-vaxxers, Donat Mukhametshin claimed it was an old story that had nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic.
“In any case, it is a tradition that continues. Many young parents do not vaccinate their children. That’s why it’s up to everyone to decide. The only thing is that we understood and what we see clearly now is that if in November it was not so obvious, now we have seen that it was [vaccination] It is the only way [to survive the pandemic]. Here, people only say numbers. Here we can say what has been confirmed. Now it is confirmed that the countries that have been vaccinated have been there [pandemic] Faster. In other words, the same Europe is now opening up in general, although they have this “autumn” season, it’s longer anyway and the population is much older, therefore, it’s more vulnerable to disease. We are now at the same point as a year ago,” he said.
Mention should be made here of Cafe Madame Pavlova who announced that they served all visitors, including without QR codes regarding vaccination against coronavirus or the disease from which one recovered in December declaring the establishment “a territory of constitutional rights”. The association said it was ready to provide all available information on what was happening in the “red” zones so that industry representatives could understand the essence of the problem.
“They are members of the association, they are part of our community, group chat,” Galina Sharafutdinova said. “We offered them our legal assistance when needed. We do not criticize them, but we have our own position, it is different from that of our colleagues. But they didn’t leave the group, that is to say that we don’t exclude them from the group, nor did they leave it voluntarily. When we say whether we exclude or not, we don’t do it if they don’t want to. In other words, they see everything that’s happening in our industry, they, I think, stay tuned for this news. The thing is, they are different opinions. And people, according to the Constitution, have the right to have their opinion.
“If we stop with the omicron, then the sector will recover by the end of 2022”
Speaking of income and income of catering establishments, they should be divided into at least two categories, said Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Restaurants and Hotels, General Director of Cafe Tale Mikhail Sharipov. Clubs and the bar industry are the first category.
“We’re not talking about the decline in their revenue… We can say there was a loss in 202, and the same loss remained in 2021 as well. Maybe there’s some growth [of income]but higher wages, higher price of products eliminates it,” Sharapov noted.
The situation is different in the catering sector, which earns most of the revenue until 11 p.m.
“It’s easier for them anyway. I think revenue is down about 40% in 2021. Why 40% Because wages have gone up, product prices have gone up, while restaurants can go up in price the same way. So the profitability drops so seriously, in fact,” concluded the chairman of the association’s board of directors.
Galina Sharafutdinova answered Realnoe Vremya’s question about when the sector will return to its pre-pandemic life.
“If there are no additional waves of coronavirus, if we finish with the omicron, then the sector will recover by the end of 2022. If there are additional restrictions, shocks in the sector , we cannot say that we will return to the previous regime and stability. , of cours. But we really hope that for the summer season, we can work in good conditions and prepare for winter, the low season. Our main task today is to ensure our safety, that of our employees, our guests and of course to face all the difficulties of the coronavirus.
Daria Pinegina. Photo: Rinat Nazmetdinov