- Lockdown level 2 has seen many parts of the economy open up but the curfew has resulted in some sectors remaining closed
- Nightclubs are definitely not allowed to operate and tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane confirmed this
- She also warned that restaurant and bar owners must adhere to the curfew or face consequences
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Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has set the record straight, nightclubs cannot operate under lockdown level 2.
Kubayi-Ngubane hosted a press briefing on Wednesday in which she cleared the air surrounding nightclubs under level 2.
She explained the reason, the 10pm curfew being a key point in the decision to keep nightclubs closed.
“The issue of nightclubs, they are not allowed now in terms of the regulations,” said Kubayi-Ngubane. “Nightclubs open at night. I am explaining from my understanding, but the relevant minister who licenses them can explain, is that because of the 10pm curfew, the nightclubs normally go into the early hours of the morning.”
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Co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had given a press conference explaining the lockdown level 2 restrictions in greater detail following President Cyril Ramaphosa's earlier announcement. She had said then that nightclubs could not operate.
“Having seen how young people have carried the virus to the elderly from nightclubs, we’ll continue with keeping our nightclubs closed,” she said. “We’ve heard from other countries who opened up nightclubs. They had to close them pretty fast because the virus was moving as fast and as energetic as the people at the nightclub.”
Kubayi-Ngubane warned that those who chose to ignore the curfew would be arrested.
“I need to indicate that we have bars within hotels and if they do operate, all facilities must adhere to the curfew at 10pm,” she said.
“We request South Africans that you are not going to be found on the streets after you come from the restaurants and bar because I can assure that [police minister] Cele will be waiting for you if you don't adhere to the regulations.”
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She also warned restaurant and bar owners not to ignore the curfew.
“We must comply with the curfew. Consequences are that the owner will be arrested, together with the manager, and then the justice system will take care of that,” said Kubayi-Ngubane. “Once they don't comply, it becomes the matter of the justice system and the police and no longer the matter of the minister of tourism.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that although the infection rate has slowed slightly, South Africa is still experiencing an increase of Covid-19 cases.
This week, the country moved down to lockdown Level 2 as the government tries to rescue the economy following months of strict regulations.
And while it is good news for many industries - including the tobacco and alcohol industries - South Africans are not out of the danger just yet.
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