Food deliveries back in business under lockdown level four
Food deliveries will be allowed under the terms of stage four of South Africa's national lockdown but drive-throughs, takeaways and sit down eating remain prohibited.
South African foodies are set for a little bit of relief when the national lockdown level is reduced to stage four at the end of April.
Food deliveries will return under the conditions of the phased re-opening of the economy. However, sit-down eating, takeaways and drive-through services will remain prohibited.
Food deliveries back in business
As things stand the lockdown is set to be relaxed on 1 May and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel have provided details on exactly what that means for South Africans.
Patel made it clear that only restaurants with delivery facilities would be open for business when the lockdown is eased.
“The food goes to the customer. No one will go to the restaurant to sit down or to fetch the food,” he said on Saturday 25 April.
Only businesses that can operate while adhering to social distancing practices will be allowed to open, and strict standards of hygiene will need to be upheld by all business opened, including restaurants.
“Social distancing will remain critical. If a business cannot observe all the health protocols, it should not open,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
“When you go to work, the sanitisers must be there. At home, wash with soap. When you enter transport, you must sanitise.”
Government will institute a curfew during this phase, outside of which no food deliveries can be made. The curfew will be in place between 20:00 in the evening and 05:00 in the morning.
Patel opined that this would be an opportunity to establish food delivery networks within townships and informal settlements.
No booze deliveries
Food deliveries will not, at stage four, allow for the delivery of alcohol with the ban on the sale of booze still in effect.
The SA Liquor Brand owners Association (Salba) said on Friday that they were in talks with government to allow alcohol to be bought st retailers and consumed at home.
Salba spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said they were waiting on details of the terms of lockdown stage 4. They also hoped that government would allow the export of wine and other alcohol produced in South Africa.
“We will await the details on what level four means for us. We plan to take the opportunity to apply for operation. We want the government to consider opening the export side of the business, a significant part of the liquor industry.
“We don’t think exporting to other countries is a major risk to SA’s response to the pandemic. The industry is awaiting details around considerations for people to get a chance to buy alcohol and drink at home,” Mngadi said.