Restaurant rules in the time of COVID-19

The National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Friday, 27 March, until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020.

ALL restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops will be required to comply with the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days as these service providers have not been included in the list of essential services.

Only Grocery stores and licensed Spaza shops will be able to operate. Home-based businesses that offer groceries will have to apply to be classified as essential services in order to trade. This can be done here: https://bizportal.gov.za/essential_service.aspx

ALL food delivery services must also be suspended during this time. It has been confirmed that the delivery of cooked food from restaurants will be prohibited, meaning that neither UberEats nor services like Mr D will be able to continue delivering takeaways during this period.

For clarity and assistance, please contact the Department of Tourism Call Centre on 0860 686 747 or email callcentre@tourism.gov.za

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a special gazette outlining measures to offer relief to restaurants. 43134 GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, 24 MARCH 2020 is available on www.gpwonline.co.za

Follow the link to the CEO of Restaurant Association’s Statement. https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/202003/43134rg11059gon358.pdf

Let’s work together, be kind to one another and follow the rules so we can stop the spread of Covid-19. And soon we can be enjoying our favourite cuppa in our favourite spot once again.


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