COVID-19 restrictions | Event industry’s losses are mounting

File: An empty restaurant. AFP/Stefani Reynolds

JOHANNESBURG - The continued capacity restrictions on the events industry is costing the country billions.

Currently, only 50 percent of a venue's capacity can be used.

However, organisers say costs are the same whether venue's are full, or half capacity.

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The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry says the events industry is the only one where proof of vaccination is mandatory.

It says keeping the regulations in place will destroy the industry, which is currently valued at $7.5-billion.

The industry is expected to recover to pre-pandemic levels only by 2024.


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