Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says sit-in restaurants amongst other businesses will be allowed to reopen under advanced level 3 of lockdown.
Small business development minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says the lack of relief funds to support businesses in the small business sector has necessitated for a number of businesses, including sit-in restaurants, to be allowed to reopen under an “advanced” level 3 lockdown.
“The impact on the economy was severe and we went to the cabinet after the survey was done and said we don’t have enough relief measures to support small businesses,” she told Power 98.7FM.
President Cyril Ramaphosa also confirmed on Wednesday evening that sit-in restaurants will indeed be resuming operations.
As much as the announcement was met with excitement from restaurateurs and others who work in the restaurant industry, with social distancing as the new normal, things are not going to be exactly as they used to be before lockdown.
According to restaurant experts, people can expect to be seated next to figures, in some cases be served by robots, and have their contact details shared with authorities.
Chef and restaurateur Nick Liberato shares three changes to be expected at restaurants under advanced level 3 of lockdown.
Having efficient sanitizing stations at the entrance as well as other parts of the restaurant. This ensures safety and cleanliness in the business.
Smaller dinner parties
Tables will be limited as to how many can dine at your party. With limited capacity, this cuts down on the size of your party. Look at it this way, hopefully, food hits the table quicker.
Cashless transactions or disposable menus
The less hand to hand contact the better for everyone. I have seen this coming for a while but it is efficient and cuts down on waste and cross-contamination.