Cyril Ramaphosa has outlined the rules and regulations restaurants will have to follow when they reopen their doors to customers. The president confirmed that patrons would be allowed to visit food outlets for sit-in services, now an advanced Level 3 of lockdown has been announced.
Restaurants allowed to open for sit-in services again
The head of state told the nation that a number of regulations would be eased going forward. We may still be operating in Level 3 of lockdown, but this will be an enormous boost for our service industry once the rules are gazetted.
Stakeholders have been pleading with President Ramaphosa and the government to allow them to operate to their full potential. Businesses were previously limited to delivery and collection services only. The five weeks of Level 5 lockdown – and another month at Level 4 – have left many restaurants facing an uncertain future.
Level 3: The rules for restaurants
After 17 days at Level 3, a lifeline has been offered – even if Cyril was a little light on the details. Restaurants will have to obey some strict guidelines once they allow the public back onto the premises.
Restaurants must limit the number of customers who can use a sit-in service. Although yet to be confirmed, some sources suggest they will be allowed to operate at 70%.
- Staff will be responsible for ensuring that patrons socially distance, and must enforce the 1.5m rule.[*]The National Coronavirus Command Council will soon clarify rules on cutlery, hygiene, and when alcohol can be served.
What else is allowed to open during 'Advanced Level 3'?
The decision came as both cinemas and accredited accommodation services were given permission to open. Strangely enough, casinos proved to be the dark horse of the evening – President Ramaphosa stated that these venues would be allowed to operate if they followed the right health protocols.
South Africa remains at lockdown level 3, but additional sectors of our economy will now be allowed to reopen – as long as strict measures are in place to ensure physical distancing & personal hygiene. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/lyNAqCUOdv— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) June 17, 2020