The coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak has had an adverse effect on business. In Tainan, numerous wedding receptions have been canceled, with one five-star hotel reporting NT$6 million in losses during one month. Roadside banquet chefs have also been affected, and one such chef is selling braised noodles at a traditional market to try get by.
The chef prepares an order for a customer. This man didn't use to be a peddler at a traditional market. His original job was roadside banquet chef. However, he was forced to turn to selling braised noodles because the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak resulted in numerous banquet cancellations.
Temple fairs have also been canceled, and the ones that are still being held only have five to six tables. It's been disastrous for us chefs. I, along with restaurants and roadside banquet venues, don't know how we're going to survive. I had to come here and sell braised noodles.
Since the beginning of March, reservations for 400 tables have been postponed or canceled. Meanwhile, inside the market, there are few shoppers. The effects of COVID-19 are evident. Five-star hotels have also been adversely affected, with numerous indoor wedding receptions canceled.
After the number of (confirmed) cases surpassed 100, people began postponing wedding receptions, and some scheduled for June were canceled. From now until June, our banquet hall business is only 20 percent of the normal level. Losses have already exceeded NT$6 million.
People are avoiding social gatherings to effectively carry out social distancing, so many wedding receptions have been postponed or canceled. Businesses are hoping the epidemic situation will improve quickly to stem their losses.