S.Africa to reopen casinos and movie theaters despite COVID-19 outbreak

JOHANNESBURG South Africa will allow casinos and theaters to reopen and reopen restaurants on Monday, in an attempt to ease the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, despite a rapid rise in infections.

The country began relaxing sanctions in March last month, and in early June allowed outsiders to work, worship, exercise, or shop and give mines and factories the full potential to try to revive the economy.

It is the most contagious respiratory disease and has risen to 6,500 in terms of 2,292 deaths and 118,500 deaths on Thursday after falling below 1,000 in April.

But tourism is generating significant revenue and a three-month lockdown is making many businesses struggling to survive.

Tourism Minister Mamamoloko Kubai-Ngbane warned last month that we are making efforts to stay active in the tourism industry so that we can save businesses and jobs. The sector was closed until September.

Business travel is permitted from June 1, but the overnight holiday is still prohibited to stop the spread of the virus.

Kubai-Ngbane said the casino operates at 50% capacity and that only 50 or fewer people are allowed in cinema and theater. Restaurants, fast food outlets, and coffee shops may offer sit-in services in addition to previously permitted take-away services, but cannot serve alcohol.

Tourism Business Council of South Africa Chief Executive Officer Tashifa Twengwa said many restaurants could reopen without consuming alcohol on site.

In an interview with News Broadcaster eNCA, "It's all over in the end, but we're still away and the businesses are going on and there are going to be large layoffs."

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