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foodThe Citizen reports that a restaurant lobby group has expressed disappointment that President Cyril Ramaphosa did not ease restrictions to immediately allow “call and collect” for meals’ service, but is hoping the government will allow sit-down restaurants under Level 3 of the national Covid-19 lockdown.  

The Restaurant Collective – a group of more than 500 establishments recently formed countrywide – said that if restaurants did not get the go-head soon to resume business, it would be “catastrophic” for the sector.  Ocean Basket CEO Grace Harding, spokesperson for the collective, advised that the sector employed more than 500,000 persons directly and indirectly in the supplier industries – and that each of those people supported, on average, six others.  The sector will, according to the “risk-adjusted strategy” being followed by the government, only be allowed back in business by Level 2 at the earliest.  Harding said:  “The sit-down restaurant and its entire ecosystem employs so many entrepreneurs who are the backbone of this economy.  We need to move up to Level 3 with great urgency or we will have severe casualties.”  She advised that the collective had “already completed a comprehensive Covid-safety and regulations operations guide.  Our head of training and education has completed the relevant online training modules for sit-down restaurants”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bredan Seery at The Citizen

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