Risk Adjusted National Lockdown
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Implications of risk adjusted lockdown level three for the tourism industry

The National Coronavirus Command Council has announced that the whole country will move to Level 3 of the Risk Adjusted Strategy from 01 June 2020. Further amendments have been made to the measures pertaining to Level 3 effective 31 July 2020

All domestic and international travel as well as interprovincial movement remains prohibited except for people are travelling for the purposes of work or the specific provisions stipulated in the legislation. Domestic flights for business purposes are available from all commercial airports in South Africa.

All hotels and establishments – except accommodation establishments not formally accredited and licensed, such as private homes for paid leisure accommodation – are allowed open if they are providing accommodation for people travelling for the purpose of business permitted under Level 3, international tourists who remain in South Africa, are appointed as quarantine facilities. Accommodation establishments are allowed to open for intra-provincial leisure purposes.

Restaurants, take-aways, and food establishments are allowed to open for delivery and collection of food. Sit-down meals are allowed with strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures. All restaurants must adhere to the curfew of 22:00. The sales of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Professional services such as tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents and tourism information officers including training of nature guides and other related services are allowed to come back into operation.

Public and private game farms are open to travellers from the same provinces for self-drive excursions from 06:00 to 18:00. Hunting and gaming activities within the same province are allowed. The following gatherings are allowed under strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures:

  • Conferences and meetings for less than 50 people, excluding those who participate through electronic platforms, and are restricted for business purposes
  • Casinos provided that the number of persons allowed in the casino is not more than 50 percent of the available floor space, with patrons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other
  • Museums and galleries

All restaurants, fast food outlets and coffee shops; hotels, lodges, bed and breakfast, time share facilities, resorts and guest house, conference and meeting venues including casinos will provide detailed training for their staff and inform staff of their responsibility to advise the employer if they are tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive.

Click here for a copy of the Government Gazette dated 31 July 2020. 

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