- After two months in Covid-19 lockdown, the tourism industry has taken a massive knock
- With citizens barred from holidaying and SA's borders closed to international tourists, the outlook has been bleak
- Briefly.co.za explores the ways in which Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane intends to turn the situation around
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has outlined the government's plan to slowly start reopening the sector.
During a media briefing on Saturday, the minister explained that parts of the industry will be allowed to open during Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown:
“Restaurants with liquor licences are allowed to sell alcohol only for takeout and delivery. In this area there’s been an outcry that they must be allowed for onsite consumption. We are in discussions with restaurants so that whatever solution is provided in this regard for sit-down doesn’t perpetuate the inequality and we are confident that in our next submission to the NCCC this will be considered.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that the following activities would be allowed to resume under this level:
- Restaurants for delivery or collection
- Professional services, eg, tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents, tourism information officers would be allowed to resume work
- Professional services including the training of nature guides and other related services
- Public and private game farms would be allowed for self-drive excursions
- Hiking would be allowed but not in groups
- Accommodation activities would be allowed, except for leisure.
- Hunting and gaming activities would be allowed
However, these activities would remain prohibited under level 3:
- Conferences, events, entertainment activities (such as festivals) would still not be permitted
- Casinos would still not be permitted
- Leisure travel would not be permitted
- Tourism-related services
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