Casinos, restaurants open amid rising COVID-19 infections

File: Social distancing and sanitising are among some of the provisions being made to keep casino patrons safe.

File: Social distancing and sanitising are among some of the provisions being made to keep casino patrons safe.

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JOHANNESBURG - Casinos around the country have been given the green light by the government to start operating again.

Customers were able to get back to gambling on Monday. Restaurants will also be able to serve sit-down customers.

The experience will be different as customers are expected to follow social distancing and hygiene protocols to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

READ: SA reports 6,334 new COVID-19 cases in one day 

Neil Singh, one of Montecasino's customers has this to say, “it’s really great to get out of the house for a change. It makes a huge difference. I think Montecasino has always been strict. I’m impressed by the way they handle things. We get our temperature taken, a questionnaire you have to answer. I feel very protected knowing I’m going back home to my loved ones. I feel very protected."

As South Africans go back to their social lives, as President Cyril Ramaphosa said, it’s up to us to protect ourselves and others from contracting the disease.

Over 130,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country and nearly 2,500 have died. 

The government has warned that with increased economic activity, the number of cases is expected to rise exponentially.

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