Editorials
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20 Oct 2021
6:30 am

Eateries must show vaxx status

Editorials

Customers can make a choice on where to eat, based on where they feel safe.

All-day dining at Streatery in Midrand. Picture Hein Kaiser

Sit-down restaurants have been battered as hard, if not harder, than other sectors of the South African economy because of the Covid pandemic and its associated restrictions. Hard lockdowns and then extended curfews – along with social distancing measures – saw customer numbers and profitability plummet to the extent that many restaurants, some of which had been running for decades, were forced to close down. Thousands of staff in the businesses and the associated supplier ecosystem were retrenched. A number of restaurants banded together last year to help each other and promote sit-down dining. That has now been formalised into...