Chinese restaurants scrape by on takeaway business during new year

CHINESE restaurants saw a pick-up in their takeaways during the Lunar New Year period but this was still not enough to cover their losses, caused by restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19, said industry associations.

They said that the movement control order (MCO) during the new year period had stopped families from their traditional reunion and festive dinners at restaurants, resulting in a drop of business up to 70% to 80% in some cases.