(Antigua Observer) The government’s move to restrict commercial activity across the island this year to 9 pm on Christmas Eve, has left some of the most popular restaurants with a feeling of disappointment.
Christmas Eve and Old Year’s Night, along with much of the end-of-year holiday season, have long been a buzzing time for residents and visitors, as they ramp up their celebrations with family and friends. This, in turn, has benefitted restaurants, bars, lounges, and other ‘entertainment spots’, with the influx of patrons providing a massive financial boost.
This year will not be like past years, however, as Christmas Eve will come to an early end – as far as commercial activity is concerned – following a decision by government. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through clustering, almost all businesses in the country will be expected to close their doors at 8 pm.