Restaurants, cinemas and casinos may now open after govt gazettes regulations

South Africa

Johannesburg – In a late-night update to level 3 lockdown regulations, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) on Thursday lifted the ban on gatherings at restaurants, casinos, theatres, museums, and libraries.

However, all these sectors still have to wait for sector-specific safety protocols that are yet to be published by government.

The Restaurants Association of South Africa (RASA) has sent the Department of Tourism a lawyer’s letter to appeal for clarity on when these regulations will be published.

The sale of cigarettes  is still now allowed and the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) is waiting for judgement in the case brought against government.

British America Tobacco South Africa has also secured a court date to fight the ban. The matter is expected to be heard in court on Wednesday.

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