Coronavirus: Restaurants, bars, take-away joints to close for lockdown

Coronavirus: Restaurants, bars, take-away joints to close for lockdown

- Mzansi will not be able to frequent their favourite restaurants and eateries during the lockdown

- These establishments have been ordered to close for the 21-day period, deemed not to be essential services

- This ban includes food delivery services such as Mr Delivery and Uber Eats

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South Africans will be disappointed to learn that their favourite take-away joints, restaurants and eateries will be closed for the next three weeks.

This comes as the nation prepares to enter into a 21-day lockdown period set to begin on Thursday evening.

Only truly essential services such as supermarkets, hospitals, banks, tuck shops and pharmacies will be allowed to operate during this time. reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced the shutdown in a bid to contain the current coronavirus pandemic.

While many had been hopeful that restaurants would fall under the list of essential services this is not the case according to the Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kuyabi-Ngubane.

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The minister confirmed that no restaurant will be allowed to operate during the next three weeks:

“In compliance with the nation-wide lockdown it should be noted that all restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops will be required to comply with the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days,” the statement states. Such service providers have not been included on the list of what has been deemed essential services during the lockdown and will not be permitted to operate and will thus need to be closed for the duration."

This regulation has also been extended to include all delivery services in SA as well:

“ In addition, in compliance with the nation-wide 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.“

IOL reports that Uber Eats had responded to this unprecedented situation, commenting:

"We are working as a business to better understand the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020 regarding transport and food delivery and will announce our actions to this in due course."

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