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Meal vouchers will remain valid until June

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

(ASdN) – This is news that should delight 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 have additional time to spend them. Supposed to expire at the end of February, their validity will in fact be extended until the end of June 2021, the two issuing companies Sodexo and Edenred told our colleagues in The essential.

An exceptional measure that David Dupuis, in charge of communications for Edenred, justifies by the desire to “preserve the purchasing power of the beneficiaries of these checks”, ie more than 75,000 people in Luxembourg. But the spokesperson for the group also underlines the desire 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.

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.


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.


To help them, the government had announced, in the first quarter of the year, to make some changes to the conditions of use of these meal vouchers. As a reminder, the ceiling for these in restaurants has been raised from 19 to 38 euros per day. They are also exceptionally usable on Sundays and public holidays, until December 31 of this year.


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