South Africa’s Tourism minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, outlined the regulations restaurants and other parts of the tourism sector would need to adhere to as part of the country’s move to an ‘advanced level 3’ lockdown.
Speaking at a press briefing on June 26, 2020, Kubayi-Ngubane revealed that the South African government had established clear regulations for both delivery and sit-down restaurants.
According to the new guidelines, all restaurants, fast food outlets and coffee shops must keep daily records for all employees, delivery agents and patrons, screen each employee and delivery person on arrival and departure for shifts, regularly sanitise workplace delivery containers and provide all employees with masks and hand sanitizer.
Employees and delivery drivers in turn should sanitise before and after all card payments, maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres at all times, stay in their clearly defined spaces as far as possible with only one employee occupying scullery areas and using handwash basins at a time.
In sit-down restaurants there should be mandatory screening and sanitizing of guests, denying entry those deemed a safety risk and those without a cloth mask or any homemade item that covers the nose and mouth.
Masks will be worn at all times except where eating and a distance of at least 1.5 m between the customer and the next customer or the point-of-sale serving counter should be maintained.
The new rules came into effect on Monday, June 29, 2020.