Restaurants Want Curfew To Be Lifted

The Restaurant Association of South Africa has called for the curfew hours to be lifted, citing that they can’t operate effectively with curfew restrictions standing in the way. Read further for more.

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On Monday, the Restaurants Association of South Africa (RASA) called for the lifting of curfew hours for restaurants to operate effectively. The call came after, the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Sunday where he said that restaurants are now allowed to trade at 50% capacity.

The curfew hours are now from 22h00 until 04h00, meaning restaurants will have to stop serving alcohol at 20h00 but continue serving other foods until 22h00.

RASA CEO, Wendy Alberts, expresses her disappointment with the President's recent speech as their expectations were not catered for saying:

We are gravely disappointed that the needs of the restaurant industry have not been heard. We are calling on government to open up binds of communication and consult with us urgently.

However, Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato, welcomed the slow lifting of bans saying it will allow businesses to trade and open with caution.

I am pleased with President Ramaphosa’s address. It certainly means that more businesses can open and operate more freely. Alcohol sales can now take place in restaurants, and this will allow the sector to lift up a little bit.

Plato also supported the initiative to start vaccinating the ages of 18-34 in September saying it will bring the country closer to living normal lives.

On Sunday, the President relaxed the restrictions to alert level 3 lockdown, citing destruction due to looting unrest and urgency to open economy.

The restaurants are however operating under limited hours which continues to devastate their businesses, said Alberts.

South Africa has seen crowds looting businesses under the alert level 4 lockdown and some businesses may not even survive. These are realities as many township businesses operate informally.

RASA has been at the forefront of engaging the government with processes of their business operation but claims that the government continue to ignore their calls.

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