Restaurant association says government decisions come too late

The government's decision to allow cafes to work all night on New Year's Eve has come too late, Jānis Jenzis, president of the Latvian Restaurant Association, told Latvian Radio December 22.

In his opinion, it will be challenging for cafes to decide on their action and to get ready to work through the night.

Jenzis explained that, the biggest problem is the visitors. They plan their celebrations in time and have taken into account that cafes will be closed on New Year's Eve.

"Planning is very important in business, but what we see in Latvia, unfortunately, is a bit of a 'fire brigade' in the government. Something is changing all the time, but there are already a very large number of people who have made their plans [..] Like with Christmas markets – ban them, then allow them again in two weeks when tourist groups have replanned and gone elsewhere. Well, that kind of an experiment," Jenzis said.

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