Hotels open but with scarcity of workers

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It is very difficult to get local people to work in this field

A happy family having food at an hotel. A click from Kadavanthra, Ernakulum| Photo:B Muraleekrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram: Hotels and restaurants still have shortage of workers and other amenities prescribed by the government before opening it for dine-in. The hotel owners said that the Covid arrangements will be regularised after a week.

According to the Kerala Hotel and Restaurants Association, there are about 50,000 registered hotels in the state. Many of it haven’t opened for the last few months. More than 20 lakhs of people are working in the hotel and restaurant field. Of these, five lakh people are from West Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand. Most of them are cleaning workers and have returned to their native places during the pandemic.

It is very difficult to get local people to work in this field. Also, an order to have only completely vaccinated people prevails. The Hotel Association had conducted several vaccination camps exclusively for the migrant workers and decided to open hotels with these people.

The price of chicken, groceries, cooking gas etc have increased but the hotel owners have decided not to increase the prices of food as it can adversely affect business.

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