PICTURES: Restaurants take to streets to save jobs

Call for alcohol ban to be reviewed

Restaurants across the country have taken to the streets for the #millionseatsonthestreets protest to bring attention to the plight of their industry due to Covid-19-related lockdown regulations.

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The Restaurant Association of SA (RASA) put out a call for restaurants to join the demonstration. The alcohol trading ban and the 9pm curfew have heavily affected the restaurant industry and the demonstration attempts to raise awareness of the issue for government to take notice.

Restaurant owners and workers held placards outside their businesses hoping the government would hear their pleas and amend restrictions. Two of the biggest challenges the industry faces are the ban on alcohol sales and the 9pm curfew. Rasa estimates over 800 000 direct jobs are at risk due to these restrictions.

Photographer Michel Bega spoke to restaurant owners and managers to draw attention to those directly affected by these restrictions.

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