After the owners of some contact businesses such as hair salons, cinemas and others have complained that they were discriminated against as South Africa eases lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that sit-in restaurants, accredited hotels, cinemas, theatres, casinos, personal care services and non-contact sports including cricket, golf and tennis, are to be reopened.
With this good news in the offing, about 500 workers will go back to work after sitting at home since March 26 when the nation went into national lockdown.
The president indicated that the date for the re-opening of these businesses will be communicated soon.
However, it was added that the return of hotels will not include AirBnB services, he said.
Athletes may resume training but contact sports such as soccer and rugby will not start now.
The president assured South Africans that this decision has been taken “due care’ and ‘seriousness”.
Other sporting sectors were not to return to sport yet as the easing of lockdown is a gradual process with relevant precautions being taken.
Mr Ramaphosa said: “In each instance stringent requirements have been agreed will need to be put in place before any activity can reopen. These protocols are to be strictly adhered to. Announcements will be made in due course for the date these will be permitted”.