The Restaurants Association of South Africa (Rasa) said it’s been expecting the move to lockdown alert Level one for long now.
Wendy Alberts, the association’s CEO said the debt suffered by the industry won’t be paid anytime soon.
“We aren’t out the dark yet, we are never getting to structure the losses over the last six months, and that we are certainly trying hard to seem at a debt amnesty programme,” said Alberts.
Starting from Monday, restaurants will have the freedom to work at 50% capacity.
President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement that South Africa is prepared to maneuver to Level one among the lockdown.
Cabinet made the choice on Wednesday that the country can now move to alert Level one, ranging from midnight of Sunday, 20 September 2020.
“This move recognises that levels of infection are relatively low which there’s sufficient capacity in our health system to manage the present need,” Ramaphosa said.