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Northern Ireland takeaways feeling the heat as Covid grip tightens

These are hard times for this traditional food sector but the best outlets are still serving up a treat as these award-winning businesses show

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The Covid crackdown on moving around and meeting people has inflicted heavy damage to sectors including the arts, hospitality and travel. For those working in ethnic minority-owned takeaway food businesses the picture is particularly grim where an estimated eight out of ten takeaway operations have either seen applications for financial support rejected or unanswered. Ali Askir, founder of the Irish Curry Awards, says takeaways across Northern Ireland are closing down at a rate of at least one a day.

The absence of the £300 weekly support promised to takeaways last month is now a matter of life or death for these businesses. Mr Askir believes the sector has been left behind largely because of policy maker misconceptions about its reliance on late night opening.

"It's definitely not about feeding house parties because our records clearly show that orders for late night suppers up until 3am were from individuals and small family groups of three or four people, and we have lost this business because of the imposition of an 11pm curfew," he says at the time of writing.


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