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On August 10, differentiated dining-in rules kicked in as part of Singapore’s first steps to reopening the economy. Allowing up to five vaccinated diners per table marked the beginning of recovery for F&B establishments after another period of dine-in restrictions. But several restaurants 8days.sg spoke to have been met with a perplexing combination of empty dining rooms in tandem with a drastic drop in deliveries.

This led to an impassioned post on Facebook by the owner of bar and restaurant concept Jekyll and Hyde, Chua Ee Chien. He details his shockingly low take of “a grand total of $77 from one table that dined in” for Wednesday’s (Aug 11) dinner service. The repeated rounds of dine-in restrictions have also led to multiple periods of adjustment by owners and diners alike, leading to affected sales. “The time between each lockdown has been this limbo period, where people don’t know whether to go out or to order delivery. With two situations like this in 2021 alone, that’s four times where people have had to adjust, and four to eight weeks of absolutely dismal sales,” he laments.

8days.sg spoke to him, along with other restaurateurs with similar experiences at their own eateries.

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