Restaurants demand clarity over sit-down services

Sit-down restaurants and casinos are now allowed to operate following the relaxation of lockdown regulations but the restaurants say they are still awaiting for the health protocols and social distancing measures from government. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The much-anticipated regulations allowing restaurants, cinemas, theatres and casinos to reopen were published on Thursday night.

All these businesses have to adhere to health protocols and social distancing measures, but these directions have not yet been issued by the government.

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The restaurants say they are still waiting for the health protocols and social distancing measures from the government.

The Restaurant Association says they are ready to reopen and the delays are further crippling the industry.

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"Included in the document is a lot of discrepancy as to what is the direction to allow restaurants to safely open," said the association's Wendy Alberts.

"There is no clarification on dates and numbers on any of the health protocols."

Sit-down restaurants have been closed since the beginning of the national lockdown.

The regulations allow for a maximum of 50 people in a cinema or theatre.

READ: SA lockdown: Sit-down restaurants on the brink​​​​​​​

Casinos must restrict the number of people to not more than 50 percent of the available floor space.

Patrons must maintain a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other.

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