In Jalisco, 40,000 restaurants are switching off the lights and using candles in a protest of an increase of more than 60% in electricity rates.
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The establishments will not stop providing services and will be “romantic” to make evident the dissatisfaction of the industry by the increases reflected in their bills since January, informed the State President of the National Chamber of the Food and Spirits Industry (Canirac), Sergio Jaime Santos.
Canirac called this national movement as a measure of pressure to lower electricity rates. The blackout will be made in tourist destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, where the activity of restaurants is fundamental in their economic activity.
Sergio Jaime Santos said that there are restaurants that started paying more for electricity than for rent.
“This worries us precisely because we see that if these increases are constant, it will surely harm us in the workforce, we will have layoffs, many restaurateurs are going to have to close the doors for the big increases, we are even seeing that it costs us more monthly electricity than the income of our establishments, we see a great risk that the industry does not continue to grow,” he concluded.
Canirac warned that if the increases in electricity continue, they will have to reflect it in menu pricing and it will generate an inflationary effect.