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COVID-19 restrictions will destroy one of my businesses - Bob's Bar owner

Bob's Bar owner, John Davidson, said he had to temporarily close his establishments, meaning at least 90 of his staff would not receive wages from this week.

Bob's Bar in Long Street, Cape Town. Picture: @Bobsbarcapetown/Facebook

CAPE TOWN - With last rounds at 6pm, the notorious Bob's Bar on Long Street has been forced to close its doors... for now.

New regulations have been implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

These new rules prohibit the consumption, dispensing and selling of liquor after 6pm on weekdays and after 1pm on Sundays.

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Bob's Bar owner, John Davidson, said he had to temporarily close his establishments, meaning at least 90 of his staff would not receive wages from this week.

"We started (closing) on Monday at District Six and on Tuesday morning at Long Street. We can't pay staff. We can't pay rent and I've spoken to my landlord. It's going to destroy one of my businesses, one will have to close, if we don't get help or some kind of assistance."

Davidson said the business was just beginning to recover from a challenging 2019.

"We had a very tough year last year with Eskom's load shedding, with the water crisis. We had a very, very tough 2019 and we were only just digging ourselves out of a hole from that, only to dig ourselves into a bigger hole this year."

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