KUWAIT CITY, March 25: On the first day of the easing of curfew restrictions on restaurants in order for them to continue delivering food to their customers until 10:00 pm, many restaurants and cafes were closed and did not operate past the curfew timing as they were unable to obtain permits that would allow their employees to work during the curfew period, reports Al-Qabas daily. Head of the Union of Restaurants, Cafes and Catering Companies Fahad Al-Arbash explained that delivery companies and restaurants were unable to obtain permits for their workers and vehicles to deliver orders to homes. This hindered the return of such activities in the restaurants during the partial curfew hours between 6:00pm and 10:00 pm. There are conditions to be met in order to issue these permits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Firstly, the worker must carry a work permit registered under the facility as well as a health card so that the work permit could be issued. Also, the mechanism for issuing permits by the relevant authorities is unclear. The owners of restaurants and cafes have not yet been informed about how the permits are issued. Meanwhile, a team from the daily toured a number of areas and discovered that only two out of 40 restaurants and cafes were operating during the period from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. When they were asked how their workers obtained permits at a time when the rest of the restaurants were closed, the two restaurants revealed that they obtained the permits since the beginning of the partial curfew, as they are registered with food companies and were allowed to practice activity.