President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image source: GCIS

South Africa is to open restaurants, accommodation, conferences, cinemas, casinos, salons and beauty spas, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday evening.

Ramaphosa addressed the nation on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19.

Lockdown Level 5 was introduced in South Africa on 26 March 2020. South Africa moved to a level 3 lockdown on 1 June 2020.

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“When I announced that the country would be moving to alert level 3 from the 1st of June, I said that we would be giving consideration to re-opening other sectors of the economy if the necessary safety precautions could be put in place and maintained,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Following further discussions on protocols and advice from scientists, consultations at provincial level and discussions in the NCCC, the Cabinet has decided to ease restrictions on economic activities,”  he said.

“These economic activities include restaurants for sit-down meals, accredited and licensed accommodation, conference and meetings for business, cinemas and theatres, casinos and personal care services.”

These industries employ well over half a million people.

Cabinet has decided to ease restrictions on certain other economic activities. These activities include:

– Restaurants for ‘sit-down’ meals
– Accredited and licensed accommodation, with the exception of home-sharing
accommodation like AirBnB.
– Conferences and meetings for business purposes and in line with restrictions on public
gatherings.
– Cinemas and theatres, to be aligned to limitations on the gathering of people.
– Casinos.
– Personal care services, including hairdressers and beauty services
– Non-contact sports such as golf, tennis, cricket and others. Contact sports will be allowed
only for training and modified activities with restricted use of facilities.

“In each instance, specific and stringent safety requirements have been agreed on and will
need to be put in place before a business can re-open, and protocols will need to be strictly
adhered to for businesses to remain open,” said Ramaphosa.

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