Covid19: Restaurant Operators Protest Restrictions To Curb Spread
Restaurant owners and workers in South Africa are protesting the continued imposition of a curfew to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
They are also calling on the government to review the ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks, warning that this could collapse businesses and lead to job losses.
South Africa is the worse hit by Covid19 in Africa.
On July 12, President Ramaphosa introduced new restrictions, including a ban on alcohol sales, to help contain the spread of coronavirus.
According to President Ramaphosa the ban would take the pressure off the national healthcare system in dealing with rising numbers of Covid-19 patients across the country.
However, the new order by the government did not go down well with restaurant operators.
Two restaurant groups have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa pleading to be allowed to sell alcohol.
One suggested a limit of two drinks per customer, as long as they buy a meal, in areas less hit by the coronavirus.
They also put out empty seats to show how badly their businesses had been hit by restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.