Logan is from Logan’s Punch and Tacolicious, venues of varying size in Shanghai. As a prior F & B consultant from San Francisco, Logan has been living in China for ten years and has had a ring side view of the pandemic roll out from there and across the globe.
I was fascinated during this chat to hear the importance of the timing around Chinese New Year and the impact that had on how the virus was transmitted across China. Interestingly their has also been some government business support, as in Europe, but not to the same scale, with tax and rent relief.
In many ways it appears their very strict shutdown has meant they have been able to re-open faster than parts of Europe. And when I say strict how about a 14,000 dollar fine for breaking the seal on your restaurant door!
The lack of travel into the country for many months means that the population feels much safer that the virus has not spread, and bars and restaurants are returning to some level of business, albeit the ex pat population are no longer around.
I also found it interesting about 1 metre, rather than 2 metre distancing rules, and imagined the difference that would make to UK covers once hospitality is allowed to re-open. Who has decided 1 metre in china, 1.5 mitres in Belgium and 2 metres in England?
I very much hope you enjoy this global chat, and a glimpse further down the pandemic timeline.
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