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Curfew Amended to Support Restaurants

July 31, 2020

Department of Tourism

Cabinet has agreed to move the curfew to start at 10pm to allow for uninterrupted dinner service at restaurants.

In a statement, the tourism minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, declared that the change will go a long way towards increasing restaurant’s revenue generation.

However, the sale of alcohol remains prohibited.

The minister also announced that cabinet has agreed to ease the restrictions around leisure travel.

“After the release of the new regulations, individuals will be permitted to leave their homes for leisure purposes within the province where they currently live.”

The minister emphasised that this will only apply to intra-provincial travel and not inter-provincial travel.

Individuals are still not permitted to travel between provinces for leisure purposes.

In terms of accommodation establishments permitted to operate under level 3, such establishments are now permitted to operate for leisure intra-provincially subject to the following:

• No more than two people per room except for a nuclear family (parents and their children). Establishments are already legally obliged to require and keep a copy of proof of identity.
• Short-term home rental/sharing remain closed.

The new regulations, to be gazetted soon, will also stipulate that tour operators will be “allowed to conduct guided tours in open safari vehicles subject to directions and include provision for both social distancing and maximum ventilation”.

The minister also announced that a Draft Tourism Recovery Plan document will be released for comment on 1 August 2020 prior to tabling in cabinet.

Inputs can be submitted at the following email address: recovery@tourism.gov.za(link sends email).