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Restaurants are really feeling the virus bite

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The longer the delay in implementing the amended restrictions, the more the restaurant industry is going to continue to suffer.


20 Jun 2020
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Restaurants are really feeling the virus bite

Emily, a cook with the South African Chef Kobus van der Merwe of the Wolfgat restaurant on the beach in Paternoster, works on a steamy load of freshly cooked mussels in the restaurant’s kitchen on June 18, 2020. Picture: MARCO LONGARI / AFP

It looks as though it will be almost a week before we hear about the final green light for restaurants to reopen for sit-down meals … and any attendant restrictions. Given that President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement of easing of level 3 restrictions on Wednesday night, and that he and the government have been in long and detailed discussions with the hospitality industry for months, we have to wonder if this is yet another part of a ploy to squeeze out “extra time” from the lockdown regulations. The longer the delay in implementing the amended restrictions, the more the...

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