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Restaurants and diners scramble to change plans as group sizes expected to shrink, Singapore latest news

With just a few days of Mother’s Day on Sunday, diners and restaurants are quickly adjusting their plans to accommodate the new restrictions.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the limit for social gatherings would be reduced to five out of eight people, starting on Saturday.

Several restaurateurs told New Paper they’ve called customers who’ve made large-group reservations to ask them to make alternate arrangements.

“We will contact those customers with bookings of more than five and offer them to consider our take out menu,” said a spokesperson for Paradise Group, which includes brands such as Taste Paradise and Paradise Teochew.

Mr. Shek Chi Kuen, General Manager of Cantonese Restaurant Yan at the National Gallery, said, “Customers affected with reservations of six to eight people have reduced … their number of customers to five.”

He said Yan had received an increase in the number of orders for the Mother’s Day take-out meal package at home since the announcement.

With the reduction of groups imminent, some diners are hoping to postpone their large group gatherings to an earlier date.

Dr Martin Bem, Founder and Managing Director of LeVeL33 at Marina Bay Financial Center, said: “Since Tuesday we have received several calls from clients for a reservation of more than five for Thursday and Friday. But as these are days of peak for our businesses., most of us are already full. “

The latest announcement raised concerns for an industry hit hard by last year’s pandemic.

Zafferano Italian Restaurant and Lounge General Manager Vadim Korob said the overall mood in the restaurant was toned down by the announcement as they hoped to host larger catering groups and events as well as weddings soon. in large scale.

However, Mr Vadim said: “Given the recent increase in cases, we understand the reasons for the implementation of more stringent measures.”

Justin Yeo, acting deputy director of food and beverage at Park Hotel Farrer Park’s Blue Jasmine, said the lessons learned from maintaining activity throughout Covid-19 so far will put them in a good position to manage the last set of measurements.

He said: “Over the past year, we’ve certainly learned to pivot quickly to adapt to ever-changing situations.

“Our accumulated experience serves as a reading guide that will help us meet the new challenges of the new measures.”

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