- The restaurant sector is planning a nationwide protest on Wednesday, 22 July
- Restaurant workers will be blocking roads outside their premises to call attention to the struggles they are facing
- The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) has sent a letter to the SAPS informing them of the protest
The restaurant sector is planning to take to the streets next week to draw attention to the devastating effects of the lockdown regulations on the industry.
On Wednesday, 22 July, restaurant workers will be blocking the roads outside their premises by dragging all tables and chairs into the street. The protest is expected to last two hours, from 12pm to 2pm.
The sector has been one of the hardest-hit as they had to shut down completely when the national lockdown was announced in March.
As the lockdown regulations began to be eased little by little, the sector was allowed to open at a limited functionality, allowing only deliveries and take-aways.
In late June, the government announced regulations to further open up the industry, allowing sit-downs to be allowed. However, the sale of alcohol at restaurants for on-site consumption remained banned.
The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) sent a letter to the South African Police Service informing them of the protest.
“Due to the continual disregard for the restaurant industry, [RASA] and various other restaurants, take-away shops and coffee shops will be embarking on a nationwide peaceful demonstration,” the letter reads.
RASA is calling it the “Million Seats on the Streets” protest and is also planning to form a human chain from parliament in Cape Town on 24 July, reported BusinessInsider.
Despite sit-down meals being allowed in restaurants after a months-long ban, alcohol sales with meals are still out of bounds, starving many restaurants of much-needed income.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that over 2.5 million citizens found themselves unemployed between February and April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is according to a study which found that women had taken the biggest knock. The study found that the pandemic has served to exacerbate social inequalities.
Between 2.5 million and 3.6 million fewer South Africans were employed between the months of February and April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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