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Meal vouchers valid until June

While restaurants have lowered the curtain until mid-January due to the pandemic, Edenred and Sodexo, the two issuing companies have announced that they are extending the validity of meal vouchers.

While restaurants have lowered the curtain until mid-January due to the pandemic, Edenred and Sodexo, the two issuing companies have announced that they are extending the validity of meal vouchers.

(ASdN) – This is news that should please some employees. Because if the country’s restaurateurs had to close the doors of their establishment again at the end of November making it impossible to use meal vouchers, employees will now be able to benefit from additional time to spend them. Supposed to expire at the end of February, the validity period of the checks will indeed be extended until the end of June 2021, told The essential David Dupuis, communications officer for Edenred, one of the two ticket issuing companies in Luxembourg.

An exceptional measure that the spokesperson for the group justifies to our colleagues by the desire to “preserve the purchasing power of the beneficiaries of these checks”. But also, to “provide support to restaurateurs in these difficult times”.


Lokales, Wie Gastronomiebetriebe und Cafés auf die Verlängerung des Lockdowns reagieren, yesterday: Restaurant ROMA, Inhaber Guiseppe Parrino, Foto: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort

While the catering sector will have to keep its doors closed until mid-January, restaurant owners are trying to keep their heads above water. But if the period is usually busy, this year, the alternatives are not sufficiently successful.


Because for the time being, the country’s restaurants can only count on state aid, take-out sales and online orders. But if the latter increased during the first confinement, the trend may not continue at the end of the year. According to Caroline Thill, manager of the “Beet” restaurant, “people order less”, because confinement “is not as hard as the first”, she judged in mid-December.

Moreover, if teleworking is considered good for the health of the country in these times of pandemic, this is not the case for the Horeca. Because for each employee who works at home, it is a potential meal less to serve for restaurateurs. The extension of home work agreements for all cross-border workers should in no way improve the situation of professionals in the sector.


Lokales, Wie kommen Restaurants durch die Covid-Krise, yesterday: Restauarant "Lea Linster", Louis Linster. Photo: Gerry huberty / Luxemburger Wort

Failing to be able to reopen their establishments before January 15, restaurateurs, cafetiers and hoteliers will benefit from support and financial arrangements from the State.


At the beginning of July, the Idea Foundation estimated that one day of teleworking per week could generate up to 100 million euros in lost turnover per year for Luxembourg restaurateurs.


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