The union is furious at the alcohol ban: “When will they compensate?”

Since Christmas Eve, it has been forbidden for restaurants to serve alcohol after eight o’clock in the evening. The ban would apply until January 15.

Before the ban expires, it has been quiet from the government – and many restaurants and bars have therefore planned to be open until 10 pm on Saturday.

But on Thursday morning, new messages came from Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren. The alcohol ban is extended until January 24, read more about this.

“No foresight”

The decision has aroused anger and irritation.

– We were critical of introducing the ban from the beginning. With full respect for the government’s work to reduce the spread of infection, but there is no evidence that it would have an effect, says Malin Ackholt, union chairman of the Hotel and Restaurant Union, to News24 and continues:

– It makes great inroads into people’s privacy when you make these big changes without any foresight. It means greatly changed working hours and affects so much more around, such as childcare.

Malin Ackholt wants information from the government. Photo: Sören Andersson / TT

No compensation

The union is also critical of the fact that the government did not provide information on compensation for lost income during the pandemic.

– The government has not told how to compensate, except to increase short-term layoffs, says Ackholt and continues:

– The support for fear exposures to retain business and jobs are lacking. They have not yet come up with measures and that is problematic.

Appeal with noise

PG Nilsson at Brasserigruppen, which owns Riche, Taverna Brillo and Sturehof, has, after today’s decision, called on the restaurant industry to make a rattle call.

Every day at 3 pm, pub staff are encouraged to stand outside their seats and rattle with pots, spoons and lids.

“We will do it for a minute, neither more nor less, and we will continue to do so until the Minister of Finance ensures that we receive all the support promised.”, he writes Facebook.


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