Clearly, the need to continue supporting the industry is on everyone’s minds following the peak of the third wave. Starting at 12:00pm on 28 August and running until 28 September, the second edition of the 2020 Wipeout, supported by Metabev, will hopefully help Hong Kong’s restaurants and bars to stay afloat in the most challenging year yet.
According to figures released (PDF) by the Hong Kong Government’s Census and Statistics Department on 3 August, the provisional estimate of the volume of total restaurant receipts decreased by 26.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Most strikingly, and clearly due to the extended bar closures back in April, bars experienced a dramatic decrease of 46.5 per cent in value and 48.4 per cent in volume of receipts. With the figures only available up to June and the third wave restrictions kicking in from July, we can expect to see an even greater loss of revenue in the third quarter report.
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In the meantime, the alliance—which includes founding members such as Alan Lo, Gigi Ng, May Chow, Agung Prabowo and more—continue their efforts to rally the government into providing more concrete support for the industry and to safeguard more than 250,000 jobs. Earlier in July, the team penned an open letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam that called upon her government to save "Hong Kong's food paradise" with a list of demands—including offering incentives for landlords to grant rent relief or reductions. They also met with Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung to share their concerns about the significant losses the F&B industry has been facing since restrictions came back into play. To keep up to date with their activities and hear about more ways to support the industry, follow the alliance on @savehkfnb—and get ready to purchase your vouchers from Wipeout 2.0 from 28 August onwards.