Monday, 28 September 2020, marks a full week since the implementation of level one lockdown. This is a silver lining behind the dark cloud that is COVID-19, so let’s explore what level one lockdown means for your restaurant.
Lockdown -The Good:
While we are not out of the hot water just yet, there are positives about moving into level 1 of the Lockdown.
With level 1 comes more freedom, more businesses are able to reopen that means more people are returning to work and will have disposable income again. Public gatherings such as weddings and other special events are allowed, subject to existing health regulations. Fantastic news for filling more tables at your restaurant.
There is cause for celebration for the Tourism Sector as South Africa is finally reopening borders. The curfew, while still in effect, is looking a lot more promising as it has been moved to midnight until 4am. Along with more normal trading hours, on-site consumption of alcohol is permitted for licensed establishments with strict adherence to the curfew.
This all sounds well and good, but with the good comes some bad. While gatherings will be allowed, there are still restrictions in place. The number of people in any venue must not exceed 50% of its regular capacity. Restrictions on gatherings are set at 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings.
You will also be required to display a “certificate of occupancy” which sets out the maximum number of persons the facility may hold.
Then we come to social distancing, masks and hand sanitizing, this going to part of the new normal for a while still and we will need to continue to operate in this manner for the foreseeable future.
Let’s get down to the unpleasant truth, level one has arrived but there is still significant risk and the government has imposed a number of restrictions to continue to curb the spread of the virus.
Existing restrictions at sporting events remain in place and many establishments have been given the go-ahead to open, nightclubs remain closed. COVID-19 and Lockdown has led to an estimated 30% of restaurants having to closing permanently and others barely limping to get by.
What this means for you is you need tighter reigns on your operation which includes staying on top of all existing health regulations, enforcing these regulations, and, finally, monitoring how your business is performing.