The Restaurants Association of South Africa (Rasa) sent lawyer’s letter to government appealing for on-consumption alcohol sales to be allowed.
On Monday, eateries will be able to reopen for sit down services from Monday with strict protocols in place.
“It’s the first time since the nationwide lockdown was introduced back in March.”
However, alcohol and buffets remain prohibited at restaurants.
The Rasa association’s Wendy Alberts said their lawyer had written to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel: “Our attorneys have sent out a letter demanding we get a clear understanding and written understanding as to why alcohol was not allowed to be sold.
”We pay a premium for these liquor licenses and we would like to benefit from it,” said Rasa.
She said a number of restaurants would remain closed due to the ban. Government has one week to respond.
Meanwhile, several restaurants across the Mother City are gearing up to welcome customers for sit down meals with strict COVID-19 rules and protocols in place.
However, some restaurant owners have expressed concern as the consumption of on-site liquor remains prohibited