The restaurant industry has welcomed the announcement by President Ramaphosa that customers will now be allowed to dine in.
Ramaphosa made the announcement yesterday,Wednesday 17 June, marking a move to ‘advanced’ level 3 of the nationwide lockdown.
CEO of the Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa), Wendy Alberts said the industry will need to have more relaxed regulations in order to benefit from resuming business.
While speaking on radio 702, yesterday she said the restaurant industry will not survive if forced to adhere to the same guidelines such as churches- allowing only 50 people into a building.
“We have got some restaurants that have got outside seating areas of 1,000 square metres, so to put 50 people in those environments would certainly damage those restaurants forever,” she said.
Here are some of the rules that the industry is looking to include:
- Strict safety guidelines for staff members;
- 1.5 metres between customers;
- 1 metre between customers that know each other;
- The serving of liquor with meals;
- Blocking/removing certain tables and chairs;
- Expanding the footprints of certain restaurants to outside.