Eateries can open for sit-down meals from Monday
But you will not be allowed to buy and drink alcohol while you’re there.
This is according to tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who was speaking at a press conference on Friday evening.
Earlier, the minister outlined the rules and regulations around the reopening of restaurants, coffee shops and other eateries.
They are required to:
- keep a daily record of all employees, delivery agents and patrons;
- screen each employee and delivery person on arrival for shifts and on departing after shifts;
- regularly sanitise the workplace, delivery transport, containers, and follow cleaning procedures;
- provide employees with masks to wear and hand sanitiser;
- ensure that every employee wears the relevant personal protective equipment; and
- ensure that delivery people sanitise before and after handling card or cash payments.
- Also, social distancing must be in place at all times for employees and for patrons.
For sit-down guests, restaurants are required to:
- conduct a screening questionnaire (which will be published with guidelines) and take precautionary measures to protect the person and other people in the premises. Such measures may include denying such a person access to the premises;
- not allow any person into their premises, if that person is not wearing a cloth mask, or homemade item that covers the nose and mouth or another appropriate item to cover the nose and mouth;
- ensure that customers and guests wear masks at all times while they are in their premises except when eating or drinking;
- ensure that all customers are sanitised before entering the premises;
- demarcate in a visible manner a distance of a line at least 1.5m from the point of sale serving counter towards the customer;
- ensure customers queue at least 1.5m apart behind each other or sideways;
- spread seat capacity to enforce distancing of 1.5m between guests; and
- consider a reservation system to manage demand, and help ensure capacity limits are adhered to.
On top of this, buffets may not be offered, and menus must be replaced with non-touch options or sanitised after each guest’s use. Also, tables must be sanitised before and after each guest’s use.