Whilst the ACE supports the introduction of health measures so as to avoid the increase in numbers of COVID-19 cases, it feels that this should not be to detriment of the catering industry. The ACE feels that some of the restrictions and measures announced as from the 17th January by the Superintendence of Public Health will add further pressure on an industry which has already been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently by a human resource crisis. Losing non vaccinated staff is not an option. Moreover, the measures announced for non-vaccinated staff should not be limited to the catering industry but rather should be implemented across the board so as to ensure a fair and just system. The ACE also remarks that the industry does not afford to have a different time bar on foreign vaccine certification vis-a-vis a domestic one.
The ACE notes that it is pointless to implement policies which can never be adhered to. In this light, the ACE calls on the Superintendence of Public Health to be reasonable, to keep in mind the challenges the industry is facing and reconsider the measures proposed. The ACE also calls on the authorities for further enforcement on people who are blatantly abusing quarantine. Such abuse is creating further damage to the industry. Such reconsideration and recommendations are being proposed so as to avoid that such measures and lack of enforcement will be the nail in the coffin of the catering industry.