Tourism Industry Takes a Zero Tolerance Approach for Non-compliance
Friday, 18th December 2020
Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on intensified lockdown restrictions geared to saving lives while preserving livelihoods during the festive season, the tourism industry has taken a zero approach for non-compliance of health and safety protocols within the sector.
On 14 December, Ramaphosa announced additional restrictions in response to the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The restrictions include:
Alcohol sales are now from 10h00 to 18h00 Monday to Thursday only;
Restaurants and bars must close at 22h00;
Eastern Cape and Garden Route beaches will be closed from 16 December to 03 January; and
Gatherings must be no more than 100 people for indoor events and 250 for outdoor events.
The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in South Africa on 17 December was reported to be 883 687 with 10 008 cases new cases identified since the last report.
Ramaphosa urged South Africans to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols by simply wearing a mask at all times, together with maintaining social distancing, and washing or sanitizing of hands.
"This virus does not relax and does not take a holiday," Ramaphosa said, adding that until a vaccine is made available, we have to keep ourselves and others safe.
In a recent webinar attended by Tourism stakeholders, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa said the industry was taking a zero tolerance approach for non-compliance within the sector to ensure the survival of the industry and not face further travel restriction. “We need to ensure compliance and control across the board, and we need to hold those who do not comply, accountable for their actions,” said Tshivhengwa.