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Tourism Minister clarifies Level 2 Regulations

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Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has outlined which tourism-related activities will be allowed under Alert Level 2 of the risk-adjusted strategy.

As highlighted yesterday by Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO TBCSA, accommodation establishments will not be limited to 50% capacity. The Minister clarified that the restriction of 50% floor capacity only applies to breakfast and reception areas.

The Minister’s directions for Level 2 for tourism include:

ACCOMODATION:

✓ The requirement announced under Level 3 remain and addition to the direction is to allow accommodation for inter-provincial leisure travellers.

✓ Accommodation facilities are expected to ensure that their breakfast and reception area keep to 50% of occupancy space.

RESTAURANTS

✓ The requirement announced under Level 3 remain and addition to the direction to allow onsite consumption of alcohol is permitted at licensed restaurants, bars every day and incompliance with the curfew time that starts at 10pm.

✓ Having visited many restaurants, the Minister says she is encouraged to see innovations such as where you are able to scan a bar code and read the menu on your cellphone.

PLACES OF ATTRACTIONS

✓ Places of attractions are also open. These include, but are not limited to theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centres, zoos, aquariums, science centres, nature and game reserves, national parks and other entertainment and cultural attractions.

✓ Tourism attractions must ensure social distancing and marking floors where tourists must stand. We further encourage online bookings were possible, to allow managing of the numbers.

✓ Ensure that tourists and tourist guides wear their masks and sanitise regularly

✓ Provide sanitisation, where attractions have touch screens and touch buttons

✓ For all activities such water, quad bikes, hot air balloon etc, ensure proper sanitisation after every use.

SELF DRIVES AT GAME FARMS

✓ Directions under Level 3 remain

GUIDED TOURS

✓ Tourist Guides to ensure social distancing (e.g. marking seat or standing areas), sanitise, and wear masks at all times during the tours.

✓ Tourist guides to keep records of their group tours and make them available when required by relevant authorities.

VENUES FOR WEDDINGS AND FUNCTIONS

✓ The wedding host or function venue must ensure that they comply with requirement of a maximum of 50 people.

✓ They must further ensure compliance to Social distancing, sanitising and wearing of masks.

Read the full briefing by Minister Ngubane here.

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