On a visit this week to Guadalajara, the president of the National Restaurant Chamber (Canirac), Germán González Bernal, asked the state governor to expand the customer capacity in restaurants, which, due to Covid-19 restrictions, is currently at 50 percent.
Governor Enrique Alfaro said his Health Committee will make an assessment of the current Covid situation in Jalisco in mid-June, and announce any adjustments to the strategy. Meanwhile, the local restaurant chamber will present its proposals for an orderly and safe return to full service, which Alfaro has promised to take into account.
González Bernal stressed that the restaurant sector is vital to the country’s economic reactivation and the creation of jobs, and has proven not to be a major source of coronavirus contagion.
He also noted that women comprise 56 percent of people employed in this industry sector in Jalisco.
According to González Bernal, around 120,000 restaurants in Mexico have closed during the pandemic, including at least 6,000 in Jalisco. Alfaro agreed that while many have been forced to close, he believes the figure is closer to 2,000.
González Bernal and Alfaro both attended the swearing-in of the new president of the Jalisco Canirac branch, Mario Alberto Álvarez González.