In an op-ed, Star Wine List founder and publisher Krister Bengtsson asks that the Swedish government makes up its mind. Either close the restaurants or give them a chance to survive.
There are two options to save the industry from starvation:
- Either close the restaurants and give them subsidies for rent and salaries to weather the crisis temporarily.
- Or give them the opportunity to sell wine and beer for take-away.
The second option might upset the monopoly huggers. But honestly it is bizarre that the public is entrusted to handle a deadly virus more or less as they see fit while the government does not trust grown people to buy a bottle of wine from a restaurant.
This is a brief version of the op-ed that is now published in Swedish on our website. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.