The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions have plunged Poland's restaurant industry into financial dire straits.
Despite the hardships faced by restaurants and cafes because of lockdown, the altruistic businesses donated 10 percent of their earnings to help feed underprivileged children in Poland and the developing world.
About 200 hospitality sector companies plan to join a class action lawsuit against the state owing to losses run up under lockdown restrictions.
A survey conducted for the rp.pl website found that 47 percent of the Polish public would make use of a restaurant if it were opened despite Covid-19 countermeasures.
Designed to look like a page of advertisements in a newspaper, with individual boxes advertising different food places around the capital, the mural from Good Looking Studio takes up the whole side of a building.
Poland's health minister has announced that the government is extending coronavirus epidemic restrictions until Feb. 14, but that it has decided to reopen shops in malls, and culture facilities within a sanitary regime from Feb. 1.
Restaurants may open again for business in May, a senior government official has said.
A deputy minister has described as “terrifying” the news that as many as 20,000 restaurants, bars and cafes opened for business at the weekend.
The debt of hotels, restaurants and catering firms increased by one third in 2020 compared to the previous year and now stands at around PLN 280 million (EUR 61.8 million).
Pandemic affected restaurants, hotels and non-public schools have received over PLN 700 million (EUR 154.4 million) in aid from the government's so-called financial shield, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.