Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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25 Jun 2020
5:10 am

Restart domestic travel so we can survive – restaurant and tourism bodies

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Government’s approach to domestic travel restrictions 'defies logic as other industries with higher exposure to close human contact are already operating'.

Chairs can be seen stacked outside a Mugg and Bean restaurant at the Mall@Reds that has not been operating since the start of the national lockdown, 19 June 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Tourism and restaurant industry bodies have urged government to announce a date for the reopening of interprovincial travel as uncertainty grips these ailing sectors. The tourism industry has bled R65 billion since the start of the national lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak this year, according to Southern African Tourism Association (TBCSA) chief executive officer Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa. Adding to the urgency were the 500 000 people whose jobs hung in the balance as the months rolled by with no indication of when leisure travel would be allowed. Tshivhengwa said government’s approach to domestic travel restrictions defied logic as other industries with...