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When they are gazetted by government, new regulations for tourism related activities will help to boost the tourism and hospitality sectors in South Africa…

Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, outlined the new regulations during a press briefing on Thursday. “These changes will come into effect as soon as the new regulations are gazzeted,” she noted.

“The impact of the pandemic has been devastating for the sector,” acknowledged Kubayi-Ngubane. “Many businesses are at risk and many jobs have already been lost. However, we are doing everything we can to ensure that the impact is minimised.”

“Following discussions about the current risk levels, the national Coronavirus Command Council recommended to Cabinet for some restrictions to be eased to allow more tourism activities to reopen.”

Cabinet has approved the following adjusted regulations under Level 3:

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Restaurants: Curfew extended, but alcohol still banned

“In our recent discussions with the Restaurant sector, two issues were raised with regards to current regulations,” noted Kubayi-Ngubane. “One was the crippling effect of the nine o’clock curfew to restaurant business operations and the second was the issue alcohol sale.”

Cabinet has agreed to move the curfew to start at 10pm to allow for uninterrupted dinner service at restaurants. We believe that this change will go a long way towards increasing their revenue generation.

The sale of alcohol remains prohibited.

Accommodation for leisure

“Cabinet has also agreed to ease the restrictions around leisure travel,” said Kubayi-Ngubane.

“After the release of the new regulations, individuals will be permitted to leave their homes for leisure purposes within the province where they currently live.”

“It is only INTRA-provincial travel not inter-provincial travel. Individuals are still not permitted to travel between provinces for leisure purposes.”

Accommodation establishments are now permitted to operate for leisure intra-provincially subject to the following:

  • No more than two people per room except for a nuclear family (parents and their children). Establishments are already legally obliged to require and keep a copy of proof of identity.
  • Short-term home rental/sharing remain closed.

Tour operators – Tours in open safari vehicles allowed

Tour operators, in the new regulations, will be allowed to conduct Guided Tours in Open Safari Vehicles subject to directions and includes provision for both social distancing and maximum ventilation.

Recovery plan – Stakeholders & public called on for input

“In the past three months we have been working on developing a tourism recovery strategy,” said Kubayi-Ngubane. “In this regard, the CEO of SAT working with the team from the department have been gathering inputs from the sector through a series of webinars, some of which I personally participated and also received written inputs from the sector players.”

This work has culminated in a draft Tourism Recovery Plan document.

In light of every evolving Covid-19 situation, I have decided to release the draft plan for further consultation to all the stakeholders and the general public before we finalise for submission to cabinet.

The window for making inputs will start the on 01 August 2020 when I release the document until 15 August 2020.

Inputs can be submitted at the following email address: