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Tourism Outlines Intervention Measures on COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Department of Tourism

The tourism department has confirmed that, in compliance with the nationwide lockdown announced on 23 March 2020, ALL restaurants, cafes, bars and coffee shops will be required to comply with the lockdown for 21 days.

On Monday evening, president Ramaphosa announced that the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to, in terms of the Disaster Management Act, enforce a nationwide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March.

Individuals will only be allowed to leave their homes under strictly controlled circumstances such as to seek medical care, buy food, medicine and other supplies or collect a social grant.

“This is a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.”

Acknowledging that the measure will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, on society and on the local economy, the president declared that the “human cost of delaying this action would be far, far greater”.

In a statement, the department pointed out that service providers in restaurants, cafes, bars and coffee shops have not been included on the list of essential services.

Consequently, they will not be permitted to operate and will, therefore, need to be closed for the duration of the lockdown.

The department also emphasized that, in compliance with the lockdown, “ALL food delivery services will also need to be suspended for 21 days with effect from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020”.