In social networks, many internet users welcomed the restaurant's decision and pointed out that the authorities allowed informal trade.
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This Tuesday, one of the five branches that Sonora Grill opened despite the red light woke up with closing stamps. The chain defied authorities by resuming operations in their restaurants the day before. This is a form of protest to prevent them from serving guests in their facilities while street vendors are tolerated.
The branch will be closed when the restaurant sector has come together under the motto #AbrirOMorir to support the reopening of the businesses.
Sonora Grill announced its plans on Monday, the day restaurant workers in Mexico City and the state of Mexico made a “cacerolazo”. The main requirement is that they be viewed and operated as essential businesses in order to survive.
Due to the difficult situation that we are facing as individuals and as a union, Sonora Grill Group made the decision to open up.
Dear guests, we cannot give up. We say to our leaders: We cannot let ourselves die. #AbrirOMorir pic.twitter.com/o4PVIz5cpr
– Sonora Grill Group (@SonoraGGroup) January 11, 2021
The company confirmed that Mayor Miguel Hidalgo's authorities and INVEA have closed the Miyana office. In the statement, Sonora Grill regrets that facilities that comply with all hygienic measures will be penalized while informality is allowed.
"There are different rooms in the same town hall with street vendors without protection or care, where people at risk of spreading infection congregate and who have no sanction or absolute supervision, such as the Tianguis in Lincoln Park," reads the Tweet.
"At Sonora Grill Group we go out of our way by all protocols, we are not a source of contagion and we have contributed to what the authorities have asked us since the first day of this pandemic, but today we are in a finite moment for the gastronomy of this country and we ask you to listen to us to make better roads for everyone, ”said the company.
We call on the public and the authorities who, despite meeting their requirements, have closed our branch of the #Miyana shopping center. @Claudiashein @Televisa @Azteca @ImagenTVMex @AristeguiOnline @CarlosLoret @Reforma @Excelsior @El_Universal_Mx. pic.twitter.com/U0MDVU0PQP
– Sonora Grill Group (@SonoraGGroup) January 12, 2021
The decision of the restaurant and the actions of local officials caused controversy on social networks. Many Internet users showed their solidarity with Sonora Grill and the entire union with the hashtag #YoApoyoALosRestauranteros.
Mayor Miguel Hidalgo also sent a warning to the fishing restaurant in Polanco, which was joining the actions to combat the red light.
Mayor Miguel Hidalgo's authorities warn the Fishers restaurant in Polanco for not paying attention to the red light.
About Mayor Miguel Hidalgo. pic.twitter.com/d5XBZjyk8N
– Arturo Ordaz (@arturoordaz_) January 11, 2021
For its part, the Mexico City Administrative Verification Institute (INVEA) announced that verification staff will continue to monitor whether restaurants are complying with health precautions and only offering takeaway or home delivery services.
Since March 2020, closures to contain coronavirus infections have bankrupted around 13,500 restaurants. This week legendary Cafe La Pagoda in the historic center of CDMX announced that it will be closing its doors indefinitely.
“Our working capital has already been used up. From the small premises to the large chains, we paid more than we entered. Formal restaurants continue to pay taxes, cover social security and meet all of our obligations, ”said Raúl Ramírez Degollado, General Manager of Restaurantes El Bajío, Entrepreneur en Español. “The time limit has come. We have water up to our necks. We have to open. Where do we get more money from?