SA lockdown: Sit-down restaurants on the brink

Sit-down restaurants have not enjoyed the benefits of deliveries and pick-ups as allowed for under relaxed lockdown Level 3 rules. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The sit-down restaurant industry is eagerly awaiting an announcement to allow it to operate.

Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni told eNCA earlier this week that her department has already completed the development protocols for such businesses to open.

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Sit-down restaurants have not enjoyed the benefits of deliveries and pick-ups as allowed for under relaxed lockdown Level 3 rules.

Their business model is entirely different.

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Grace Harding represents the Restaurant Collective group. She said they've tried to stay focused on getting the industry ready.

"We've created good training protocols, we've created a register certificate, how to test staff, we've collaborated with incredible staff who are building an app for free so that there can be efficient track and trace," Harding said.

"We haven't received specific direction, we've really taken direction from the rest of the world and using a little bit of common sense on social distancing and controlling who enters the restaurant."

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eNCA

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