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The information based on data from a few days shows that the gross sales of restaurants fell by about 20%—not by 70%, as they say—due to the new coronavirus-related restrictions in Armenia. Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan stated about this Thursday during the press briefing after the Cabinet meeting of the government.

The minister assured that there are also companies where sales have fallen less, taking into account their customer base, but also noted that there are others that have a much larger decline.

"If we see that the situation is getting out of the normal range, we will definitely envisage any other approach by joint efforts," Kerobyan added, in particular.

Also, the minister said that at the moment they believe that these new restrictions are the right policy in the period of such an aggressive spread of the Omicron variant because if this epidemic gets out of control, its negative consequences will be much greater—and not only on the economy.

Earlier, Ashot Barseghyan, President of the "Restaurants Association" NGO of Armenia and a public catering expert, told Armenian News-NEWS.am that according to the data as of January 22 and 23, the turnover of the public catering sector in Armenia decreased by 50-80% due to the new coronavirus-related restrictions in the country.

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