Restaurants beg government to open for sit-down meals during lockdown

Restaurants beg government to open for sit-down meals during lockdown

- The restaurant industry has urged government to allow the serving of sit-down customers during lockdown

- As things stand, only deliveries and collections will be allowed and the industry body warns of massive job losses

- Restaurants have tabled proposals to government to suggest how they can reopen fully while still maintaining social distancing

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The sit-down restaurant sector is begging government to reconsider the decision to ban the serving of tables during lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced the easing of lockdown measures and churches will reopen soon.

However, restaurants will only be able to deliver food and allow for collection, as things stand.

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The Restaurant Collective, an industry body, estimates that South Africa currently boasts 13 000 sit-down restaurants and they collectively employ approximately 500 000 people.

ENCA reported that according to the Restaurant Association of South Africa, huge job losses could occur, as the jobs of waiters hang in the balance.

Briefly.co.za learnt that some of the restaurants have already submitted a proposal to government to explain how they can become fully operational, while still maintaining necessary safety measures.

The suggestion involves waiters wearing masks and maintaining a 1.5-metre distance from customers. Conventional menus would be removed and customers would place orders using QR codes.

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Briefly.co.za scoured Twitter to gauge the public sentiment in light of the recent events.

Nolali (@Amza_5) said,

"Fair question. How about Restaurants also allowing 50 customers? Churches contribute nothing to the economy, compared to Restaurants that contribute to job creation."

Twitter user South Africans First (@MissB20_10) added,

"Ramaposa should just cancel the whole lockdown it doesn't make sense at all now it's all messed up."

ChesterQha (@ChesterQha) shared an interesting point:

"If you can stand in a SASSA line. You can stand in a kfc line as well. If 50 people can be in a church. 50 people can be in a restaurant."

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Khaya Mthethwa and Anele Mdoda have expressed their opinions on the reopening of churches under Level 3 lockdown and neither of them support it.

The two celebs took to social media to express their dissatisfaction at government's announcement that congregational worship would be allowed from 1 June.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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