Explainer: Cinemas, casinos may now open after regulations gazetted

Explainer: Cinemas, casinos may now open after regulations gazetted

- New regulations giving people greater freedom of movement have been published

- You may now exercise with up to three people as long as you maintain social distancing

- Inter-provincial travel still remains illegal, with a few exceptions such as funerals

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On 1 June, South Africa moved to lockdown Level 3, allowing the opening of schools, religious institutions, a further opening up of economic activities and the sale of liquor.

Recently, instead of moving to Level 2, the government announced what they called 'advanced Level 3'. This left some South Africans confused and now the government has officially gazetted the regulations.

In a late-night update to the regulations, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) on Thursday lifted the ban on gatherings at restaurants, casinos, theatres, museums and libraries.

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The sector does, however, have to wait for sector-specific safety regulations that are yet to be published by the government, said EWN.

The Restaurants Association of South Africa (RASA) has sent the Department of Tourism a lawyers letter appealing for clarity on when these regulations will be published.

Briefly.co.za reported that the tourism industry said a million jobs could be lost if the sector doesn't open as soon as September.

Here is what you need to know about the regulations:

BusinessTech reports that you can now exercise with three other people between 6am and 6pm. Contact sport will be allowed but this will be for "training" only and subject to new rules from the Department of Health.

Only 50 people will be allowed in cinemas and theatres and tickets musts be sold through a booking system.

Sit-down meals will now be allowed in restaurants. However, on-site consumption of alcohol remains banned.

According to the regulations, drinking in bars, taverns and shebeens remains illegal. Gyms and nightclubs also remain closed.

Accommodation in private homes, like Airbnb, remains banned. Beaches and public parks are also off limits.

Movement between provinces remains prohibited with a number of exceptions, including work, funerals, caring for an immediate family member and school or university.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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