Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will brief the nation on what lockdown level 2 means for the tourism industry. Inter-provincial travel has been allowed.
WATCH LIVE: Tourism Minister Kubayi-Ngubane is briefing the media on the economic impact of the coronavirus on South Africa's tourism sector.
Kubayi-Ngubane says the aim is to get the sector back up so that there can be jobs and business pick up again.
The minister says there are many people who want to visit South Africa once the borders are opened.
The minster says 50 people limit refers to gatherings like weddings but not restaurants. That will depend on spacing.
First question is about tourist guides and if they will get the relief fund
The minister takes questions...
The minister urges people to go and travel, enjoy themselves and share the experince.
"We'll invite the media to join us as we launch the tourism month in September," Kubayi-Ngubane says.
"No buffets are allowed." The minister says.
She says wedding venues must adhere to the maximum number of 50 guests and that there is social distancing.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
Activities such as water sports and quad bikes have to be sanitised.
She confirms that zoos, national parks and hotels are open for business.
The minister urges people to do online booking.
"Minister Cele will be waiting for you if you don't adhere to the 10pm curfew." She says.
She says bars must adhere to the curfew of selling alcohol until 10pm.
Kubayi-Ngubane said accommodation places are allowed to accommodate all South Africans but at eating facilities there has to be social distancing.
Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane now briefs the nation saying she welcomes the regulations and level 2.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane is expected to outline measures in the sector under alert level 2.
South African National Parks said it had been experiencing a massive rush in bookings as eager travellers prepare to escape five months of cabin fever.
FULL REPORT: The tourism sector, which was brought to its knees during the hard lockdown has seen a much-needed boost just a day after the implementation of the amended regulations.
People can now visit family and friends, alcohol and tobacco sale bans have been lifted and inter-provincial trael is allowed.
First of all, yay! COVID-19 cases are on plateau. As a result, the lockdown regulations have been eased.
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