No Alcohol Will Be Served as Restaurants Prepare to Reopen on Monday


As restaurants get ready to reopen on Monday the public is reminded that under level 3 regulations, no alcoholic drinks may be served with meals.

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs amended level 3 lockdown regulations to allow the reopening of restaurants, casinos, theatres, museums and libraries under very strict regulations.

Before sitting down to order, expect to fill in a health form, have a temperature check and sanitise your hands. Tables will be spaced 1.5m apart and diners and their companions must wear a mask, except while eating or drinking.

Minister of Tourism Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane briefed the media on detailed safety protocols which must be adhered to by the sector. She also confirmed that the new rules will come into effect from 29 June.

Further rules and regulations around the reopening of restaurants, coffee shops and other eateries were also outlined.

Restaurants are required to:

  • keep a daily record of all employees, delivery agents and patrons;
  • screen each employee and delivery person on arrival for shifts and on departing after shifts;
  • regularly sanitise the workplace, delivery transport, containers, and follow cleaning procedures;
  • provide employees with masks to wear and hand sanitiser;
  • ensure that every employee wears the relevant personal protective equipment; and
  • ensure that delivery people sanitise before and after handling card or cash payments.
  • social distancing must be in place at all times for employees and for patrons.

For sit-down guests, restaurants are required to:

  • conduct a screening questionnaire (which will be published with guidelines) and take precautionary measures to protect the person and other people in the premises. Such measures may include denying such a person access to the premises;
  • not allow any person into their premises, if that person is not wearing a cloth mask, or homemade item that covers the nose and mouth or another appropriate item to cover the nose and mouth;
  • ensure that customers and guests wear masks at all times while they are in their premises except when eating or drinking;
  • ensure that all customers are sanitised before entering the premises;
  • demarcate in a visible manner a distance of a line at least 1.5m from the point of sale serving counter towards the customer;
  • ensure customers queue at least 1.5m apart behind each other or sideways;
  • spread seat capacity to enforce distancing of 1.5m between guests; and
  • consider a reservation system to manage demand, and help ensure capacity limits are adhered to.

Also included in the rules and regulations are that buffets may not be offered, and menus must be replaced with non-touch options or sanitised after each use. Tables must be sanitised before and after each guest use.