“Rogue” industries may be subjected to stricter lockdown rules, after numerous reports of non-compliant restaurants and pub have surfaced.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has appealed to restaurants to comply with safety regulations for the good of the sector, according to News24. This follows numerous complaints from citizens, patrons and employees of non-compliance.
Wendy Alberts of RASA (the Restaurant Association of South Africa) issued the following plea to restaurants:
It is with a heavy and concerned heart that I write this message today.
It has become apparent that various owners believe that the current regulations do not apply to them. We have worked so hard to open our sector and much heartache has been caused due to the restrictions and full closure of our beautiful restaurants.
To date we have had reports of restaurants operating past curfew, ignoring the social distancing protocols and not ensuring masks are used etc. These incidents have sprung up all over social media and has since garnered the attention of the Minister of Tourism and the NCCC.
Due to these infractions, consideration is being held to impose stricter protocols or even reverting to off-site consumption and even to close the restaurant sector. It is unthinkable that due to a few operators not following the rules the entire industry may suffer again.
As unfortunate as it is, we must therefore encourage the reporting of non-compliant restaurants so that we can save the industry as a whole.
We urge everyone to follow the regulations and hope that everyone stays safe.
In a separate report, News24 said that Ekurhuleni police had visited 102 pubs, and found only 9 to be in adherance with Covid-19 regulations.
This was part of an operation where Ekurhuleni police arrested 265 individuals over the weekend for crimes including drunk driving, possession of narcotics and theft.