Lockdown latest: Which businesses must still keep their doors closed?
Ramaphosa announced some relaxation to the lockdown regulations, however certain businesses will still be left in the lurch.
On Thursday 23 August, nearly a month since he first announced that the country would be going into a nationwide lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that it’s safe for certain businesses to reopen.
Certain businesses have been given the green light to go back to work, with specific information set to be announced next week.
“This means that some activity will be allowed to resume,” he said of the shift to level four lockdown. “Some businesses will be allowed to resume under specific conditions.”
He said that risk assessment would be administered to decide which businesses can open, and he said that these protocols will be announced early next week.
But many businesses, including bars and restaurants will despair, having been told that they will still have to surrender revenue for the foreseeable future while the level four lockdown continues.
Bars remain closed
Bars and shebeens remain closed under level four lockdown measures, and the sale of alcohol remains prohibited for the time being. Cigarettes have been permitted for sale once more.
Cinemas, parks and sporting events will still be closed for business. He also said that religious gatherings remain prohibited.
Tourism still closed
National borders remain closed, except for the repatriation of South African and foreign nationals. Therefore, the tourism industry will have to remain closed for the time being.
Borders will only be open for the import of cargo and provincial travel remains prohibited unless under extreme circumstances such as funerals and for the transportation of essential goods.
‘We must endure hardship’
Ramaphosa said that he sympathised with business owners who were haemorrhaging revenue as they are forced to keep their doors shut, but reminded them that the strict regulations are in the interest of saving thousands of lives.
“There is no company that doesn’t want to open its doors for business, no worker who doesn’t want to go back to work,” he said.
“We are called on to make great sacrifices for our future, when we must endure hardship and difficulty so we can enjoy freedom and prosperity in the future.”
This is a developing story.