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foodFin24 reports that from Monday restaurants, bars and gyms can close an hour later, namely at 22:00, after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced SA’s move to lockdown level 2.

The hours of curfew will now start at 23:00 (from 22:00 previously) and end at 04:00. Restaurants, bars and fitness centres have to close an hour earlier, to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew. "This is much better – especially for taverns and pubs. They need the extra hour," Grace Harding, CEO of Ocean Basket and spokesperson for The Restaurant Collective, reacted. But while Lucky Ntimane, convener of the National Liquor Traders (which represents township-based taverns, shebeen permit holders and bottle stores), also welcomed the move, he wanted more and said: "We feel that given the economic conditions of the country the president might have missed a perfect opportunity to move the country back to Level 1 and set us on a much quicker way to economic recovery." While seven million South Africans are now fully vaccinated, Harding said that restaurants have not seen much positive impact as the economy remained depressed. "People have been retrenched and (there is) lots of financial harm," Harding noted. According tom both Harding and Ntimane, vaccinations will remain key to move out of lockdown. But, experts say a fourth wave is almost inevitable.

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