SA Tourism welcomes eased lockdown restrictions

Under this level, the curfew has been pushed back and is now from 11 pm until 4 am and you can also buy alcohol for off-site consumption on Fridays now.

Private charter passenger associations and other tourism/hospitality sectors participated in a slow drive protest from Athlone Stadium to the Cape Town CBD on 31 July 2020. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - SA Tourism on Monday welcomed the move to adjusted level 2 of the national lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night relaxed the country's COVID-19 lockdown rules in light of the sustained decline in third wave coronavirus infections.

Under this level, the curfew has been pushed back and is now from 11 pm until 4 am.

You can also buy alcohol for off-site consumption on Fridays now.

All gatherings will now be limited to a maximum of 250 people indoors, while 500 people will be allowed to gather outdoors.

“The good news for us is just all of us looking towards a 67% of our population having been vaccinated by December, I mean, that will be such a confidence boost to our destination,” said acting CEO Sthembiso Dlamini.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the country couldn't be in a state of disaster indefinitely. With COVID-19 case numbers declining, the lockdown's been further eased.

“This will provide some assistance, specifically to the Western Cape's hospitality sector that really has suffered over the last 18 months. We need to make sure as we move towards the summer season, that this industry is able to pick up those jobs that are lost,” Winde said.

He said it was a welcomed first step to help the economy. Winde said government should have concrete measures on how it planned to end the state of disaster.

“And to put normal management systems in place to manage COVID-19 going forward, we've got a number of vaccines coming up really nicely. We're coming down off wave three, and we really now need to put a plan together of how to manage going forward in a new normal way,” he said.

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