Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
20 Jun 2020
5:00 am

Restaurants are in the soup due to lockdown regulations

Rorisang Kgosana

The lockdown restrictions have left about 80% of the restaurant industry’s workers unemployed through forced closures, and the easing of restrictions is unlikely to improve the dire situation.

Sylvester Ncube from Ottawa Creek Spur in Edenglen putting the finishing touches on their preparations for opening for business amid Covid -19 measures being relaxed soon, 19 June 2020. The new regulations will allow for restaurants to serve meals under strict conditions. Spur will be enforcing social distancing of all their tables, only using every second one and using designated directions for walkways, they have screen dividers and a strict sanitising and food delivery protocol that the staff will be trained in. Picture: Neil McCartney

The lockdown severely crippled the restaurant business and despite the reopening of the industry, the daily closures of restaurants have left 80% of workers unemployed. In his address to the nation on Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced further reopening of industries during level 3 lockdown, including restaurants for sit-down meals instead of the regulated delivery or collection. But the industry is already destroyed, Restaurant Association of South Africa chief executive Wendy Alberts said. She said she receives between 10 and 15 messages a day from restaurant owners who are closing their business. The country has about 23,000 restaurants employing at...