Restaurant association says it found out about new regulations via media
The Restaurant Association of South Africa has raised concerns over the regulations set out by government amid the COVOD-19 outbreak saying the new regulations put in place by the Co-operative Governance Department overnight were not properly communicated.
All retailers selling alcohol, pubs and shebeens will have to close at 6pm on weekdays.
While restaurants must apply the same rule, they may operate during their normal hours. The establishments will also be required to keep their seating down to 50 people.
Association CEO Wendy Alberts says while they are communicating with government, there is still some uncertainty.
We are taking consultation from the South African government from the minister's office. We are constantly talking to them and requesting formal communication to help restaurants understand what is their position as we speak.Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South
She says restaurants have taken every step to ensure that they prioritise the health and safety of customers and staff and that they feel targeted.
We have come along and we have acted as a responsible sector. We feel very targeted because we have minimised the risk not to be a high risk or even a medium risk and there are other very high-risk areas in South Africa that need attention.Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South
People unfortunately need to still eat and have food delivered to their homes.Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South
Alberts says they did not receive any notification about the regulations until the announcement was made through the media on Wednesday.
There is also a bigger factor that we are currently under challenge with, it's not only trying to get official communication from the minister's office with regard to this. We're also facing now [the fact] that the local police officers have gone around to all the establishments and issued a letter of notification to say that they will close them down if they continue to trade after 6 o'clock.Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South
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