Faizel Patel - 24/03/2020
The Tourism Ministry has announced that all restaurants, café’s, bars and coffee shops must close their establishment in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for a 21-day lockdown of South Africa to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
On Monday, Ramaphosa announced an escalation of measures to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Ramaphosa imposed a nation lockdown from midnight on Thursday in a move that’s been described as necessary in order to save lives.
In a statement to Radio Islam, the tourism industry says the restaurant industry must comply with the President’s directive.
“Such service providers have not been included on the list of what has been deemed essential service during the lockdown, will not be permitted to operate and will thus need to be closed for the duration.”
The Tourism Ministry says in addition and in compliance with the nationwide lockdown, all food delivery services will also need to be suspended for 21 days.