South African restaurants association stages sit-in over COVID-19 restrictions


The Restaurants Association of South Africa on Monday started staging its sit-ins at the Union Buildings in Pretoria over alcohol sale ban and curfew.

The Restaurants Association CEO Wendy Alberts told Xinhua that they are hoping for a meeting with someone from the Presidency regarding issues affecting the sector.

She said the second liquor ban and the curfew which were imposed in late December last year are disastrous for restaurants as the curfew restrictions had made it difficult to run restaurants as most customers simply stayed away.

“We are waiting to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa about re-opening the industry. The industry in South Africa is decimated, and we can’t continue like this,” she said, adding that “we are on the brink of a disaster. This is not a happy hour for the restaurant Industry.”

Alberts was at the Union Buildings with other restaurant owners hoping to engage President Ramaphosa.

“We are willing to stay here until 9 p.m. and come back at 5 a.m. by tomorrow. We hope the president will avail himself so that we can have these imminent discussions,” she said, adding that “we want to talk and find solutions and slow down the curve.”

South Africa’s second wave of COVID-19 has been much severe compared to the first wave. With high levels of patients being admitted to trauma units due to alcohol related to serious injuries, the government was compelled to impose the alcohol ban to relieve pressure on hospitals. Enditem

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