With the festive season upon us, the Restaurants Association of South Africa (Rasa) said on Monday that it wanted COVID-19 lockdown restrictions completely lifted. The Restaurant industry in South Africa and across the globe suffered massive financial losses during the lockdown with several restaurants closing down.
Wendy Alberts, the Rasa CEO, said the organisation was concerned about rumours that regulations could be tightened again as some provinces experience a second wave of the novel coronavirus. “We certainly wouldn’t put ourselves at risk at any point in time to look at moving back to any level. It would be detrimental to the industry and we would never recover from it.”
The Eastern and Western Capes have been seeing a resurgence in COVID-19 infections – raising concerns among healthcare professionals.
There are now 787,702 coronavirus cases in South Africa – with an additional 2,563 cases reported in the last 24-hour cycle.