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'There's been no consultation' - Rasa will fight any stricter Covid restrictions

2 December 2020 6:40 PM
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The Money Show
Festive Season
Bruce Whitfield
Restaurant Association of South Africa
Lockdown
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There's no scientific evidence the restaurant industry has contributed to the rising infection rate says Rasa's Wendy Alberts.

It's widely reported that government is planning to introduce stricter lockdown restrictions in coronavirus hotspots like the Eastern and Western Cape.

This follows meetings with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) ahead of the holiday season.

The proposed restrictions reportedly include the re-introduction of a 10 pm curfew and a ban on the on-site consumption of alcohol.

RELATED: Restrictions on international travel to be lifted, alcohol sale rules relaxed

The Restaurant Association Of South Africa (Rasa) says it will challenge any such moves by the government.

RELATED: WC experts to discuss possibility of Covid-19 'circuit-breaker' measures - Winde

Bruce Whitfield interviews Rasa CEO Wendy Alberts.

She says government has not engaged with the industry during the last three months.

I think it's completely irresponsible of government not to engage with us... In the last three months we've had not one single authority visit our restaurants asking for registers; asking for temperature checking control; checking any of the track and tracing...

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

There's been absolutely no communication between the authorities, government and the industry that suggests that any type of Covid has been transmitted through our establishments.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

We're against any type of lockdown. We've fought with the Western Cape government. We've fought with various other associations, industry partners and liquor authorities.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

Alberts says government should have consulted with a number of industries to look at ways in which Covid can be controlled.

To be shortsighted and to bring a further lockdown is going to be disastrous for the economy.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

It's going to cause massive job losses in our industry and it's actually inhumane... The country is not in a position to support the people; to pay out UIF or Ters...

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

Listen to Alberts' passionate argument in the audio below:




2 December 2020 6:40 PM
Tags:
The Money Show
Festive Season
Bruce Whitfield
Restaurant Association of South Africa
Lockdown
COVID-19
wendy alberts
alcohol sales
curfew
lockdown restrictions
Coronavirus hotspots
Rasa
Covid-19 circuit breaker
NCCC
localised lockdowns

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