Following the announcement by the President on Sunday, 24 May 2020, that the country will be moving to level 3 lockdown from 01 June 2020, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) worked on level 3 regulations that have already been issued on Thursday by the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs.
Level 3 regulations are an indication that our country has done the preparatory work to start moving towards opening up more sectors of the economy. This is because the last two months of lockdown gave us room to build up an extensive public health response and prepare our health system for a possible increased infection rate. We must remember that government needs all of us to play our part in the fight against the pandemic. We must act responsibly and take necessary measures as advised and that is to wash or sanitize our hands regularly, wear a mask of a face cloth, ensure we keep necessary distance whether we are in public or our workplace.
The past two months of lockdown have been difficult for the tourism sector. We continued to see many businesses in the sector fighting for survival and our projections showed that almost 600 000 jobs were at risk if the sector doesn’t come into operation by September 2020. This reality led to both government and private sector working together to be both innovative and putting protocol guidelines to get the sector back into operation.
When the risk-adjusted approach was introduced tourism was placed at alert level 2 and largely at level 1, this is because our sector is largely interactive hence our focus has been on both de-risking the sector and putting health protocols that can give comfort of safety not only to government but to our clients, including domestic tourism.
As we open up the sector, we are therefore confident that measures have been put in place to protect our employees, suppliers, tourists and all those who are involved with the sector. Where there are weaknesses as the department we have committed to work towards finding solutions together with our partners.
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