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From Monday you can meet family and friends over a meal at a restaurant, but no home visits

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Dining restaurants, theaters and casinos may reopen this coming Monday.

The minister announced the new regulations for the tourism sector during level 3 of the seclusion period.

In addition, according to Kubayi-Ngubane, all customers must first complete a standard selection questionnaire before being allowed into a restaurant, coffee shop or restaurant specifically for dinner.

Customers are also required to wear a mask and disinfect their hands when entering a restaurant. Masks must be worn in the restaurant at all times and may only be removed when customers eat or drink, the minister explained.

The regulations further stipulate that personal protective equipment must be provided to all staff, including waiters.

According to Kubayi-Ngubane, a social distance of one and a half meters must be maintained in restaurants at all times. Waiters are therefore required to maintain this distance from the table when placing orders.

Tables and chairs must also be placed one and a half meters apart. Tables should be disinfected every time after use. Card machines and menus must also be disinfected before and after use, Kubayi-Ngubane said.

No buffet meals are allowed. The sale of liquor is also not allowed.

The new regulations further stipulate that conferences may take place; attendance is limited to 50 persons.

Casinos are also allowed to resume operations from next week; visitors are limited to 50% of the casino’s capacity.

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