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COVID-19: Restaurants, cinemas and casinos are now unbanned, but must wait for more rules.

According to Business Insider, a number of leisure activities were technically unbanned under Alert Level 3 of SA’s lockdown late on Thursday night, but in a way that still makes it illegal for establishments to actually open their doors.

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gazetted a set of amendments to the primary rules that govern lockdown which came into immediate effect as of Thursday, even though they were published after 23:00.

Those amendments create new exceptions to the otherwise blanket ban on gatherings for conferences, casinos, cinemas, restaurants, and museums and libraries.

But in each case gatherings are allowed only under adherence to sector-specific safety protocols, which have not yet been published for any of those sectors, making it impossible to comply.

Only salons and tattoo parlours have had such rules released since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the plan to further relax lockdown restrictions.

Cinemas and Theatres

According to Business Insider, the late-night amendments say that conferences “restricted to business purposes” may take place, and cinemas and theatres may open, as long as all host no more than 50 people at a time.


Casinos do not have such an absolute limit on visitors.

Instead their patrons must stay 1.5 metres away from one another, while the regulations also impose “a restriction on the number of persons allowed in the casino to not more than 50 percent of the available floor space”.

Just why casinos must close off half their floor space to customers, rather than spreading them across the entire available area, is not explained.

That percentage limit, the new regulations say, may be increased.

Restaurants, museums, galleries, libraries, and archives

Restaurants – and museums, galleries, libraries, and archives – get neither a hard limit not any mention of floorspace percentages; gatherings there are to be controlled entirely by another set of regulations that must be issued for that purpose.

All the sectors are enjoined to “strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures as provided for in directions that must be issued” by their respective cabinet ministers, after consultation with health minister Zwelini Mkhize.

The Cogta regulations do contain a handful of specific rules, including:

  • Cinemas must sell all tickets “through a booking system”. (It is not specified that this must be an online system.)
  • Theatres must operate with a maximum crew of 15 people, and that includes extra staff dealing with live streaming or recording.

Shortly after publication of the amendments, the Restaurant Association of SA told members it considered the new rules “vague” and as passing the buck. It promised that its attorneys would be “requesting the immediate release of these directions” that would allow sit-down restaurants to open their doors.

Link to the amendments


Source: Business Insider

Drive in 2

Will drive in cinemas make a comeback?

Will drive in cinemas make a comeback?

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Vintage drive in        Photo Credit: insider


We all remember weekends when the entire family got into the car and drove to the nearest Drive in.

Whether they screened an old classic like “ They call me Trinity ” or a latest release, it was an enjoyable evening for everyone.

I have fond memories of watching Grease, singing along, eating popcorn and fighting with my sibling for the best spot in the car.

Watching a great film under a starry sky brings back beautiful memories.

For those of us who lived through the Drive – in era, especially during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s it’s a symbol of our youth.


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Top Star drive in       Photo Credit: Amethyst


Lying on the roof of your car with your date, dragging out a mattress or camping chairs with your friends,

sharing a picnic basket, joking and laughing all night long, these were amazing evenings.

Unfortunately in the past few years most drive ins have closed due to technology and on-demand downloads.

With the restrictions in place and cinemas around the country facing financial ruin, we could see the return of drive in cinemas throughout South Africa.

Most of us will remember Top Star which was part of our lives since 1961(closed down in 2008) which was situated high above the city on an old mine dump,

with spectacular views of Johannesburg, or Velskoen who also sadly closed down in 2012.


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Velskoen Drive in       Photo Credit : Finding Jozi


Most people believed this era has passed but with all the changes happening, the drive in could make a remarkable comeback.

It might look a bit different with face masks being our new reality but time will tell whether this bygone era will become part of our lives again.



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