Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has clarified rules for travel and the reopening of restaurants under lockdown Level 3 during a press briefing on Friday, June 26.

She announced that on Monday, June 29 restaurants, casinos and coffee shops will be permitted to reopen for sit down meals, but they will have to follow strict guidelines and provide training for staff. Basic hygiene practices must be adhered to, this includes the handling of packages, dealing with customers and practicing 1.5m social distancing at all times.

The consumption of alcohol on site will not be allowed, but it can be purchased and taken home. Kubayi-Ngubane said, alcohol regulations fall under the Trade and Industry department and the current regulations state that alcohol should be consumed off site.

Further to rules on casinos reopening, the number of people entering these establishments should not be more than 50% of the gambling floor space.

There must also be a record of employees, delivering staff and those entering the casino. Guests can be denied access if they do not comply with screening and sanitation processes.

With regards to travel, leisure activities are still not permitted. The only provision for travel is for business purposes. Self-drives within the province are allowed, but travellers can not stay over at any leisure accommodation.

Watch the full briefing here:

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Nidha Narrandes

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