CASINOS,THEATERS,AND HAIRDRESSERS TO RETURN, RAMAPHOSA SAYS

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President Cyril Ramaphosa during a previous national address to the nation. (GCIS)

Casinos and theatres are going to resume soon, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

Hairdressers too will be permitted to open, and restaurants will be permitted to serve sit-down customers.

There will be restrictions on the number of people, though, and other details are still to follow.

Here are all the businesses Ramaphosa said will be able to resume under modified lockdown restrictions.

A handful of businesses and services will be permitted to go back to work again soon, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday.

Further are still to be made available, but close-contact services such as hairdressers, and group events such as business conferences, will all be unbanned, Ramaphosa said.

These were previously regarded as too dangerous as potential spreading grounds for Sars-CoV-2.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the following things will be allowed again soon, more than 80 days into lockdown:

restaurants will be allowed to have sit down meals

“accredited and licensed” accommodation but with the particular exception of “home-sharing accommodation like Airbnb”

conferences and meetings “for business purposes”, with restrictions on the number of people

cinemas and theatres, as well will be open with limits on the number of people

hairdressers, beauty salons, and other personal care services

non-contact sports, including tennis, golf, and cricket

Contact sports “will be permitted only for training and modified activities with restricted use of facilities”, Ramaphosa said.

The cabinet decision to resume such businesses came after “discussions with industry representatives on stringent prevention protocols and after advice from our scientists and consultation at a provincial level with our premiers as well as discussions in the National Coronavirus Command Council,” Ramaphosa said.
“We have made this decision with due care and seriousness, considering the risks linked with each activity and the measures needed to control those risks.”
Ramaphosa made no mention of restrictions continuing to be in effect in hotspot provinces or metros, an idea that had previously been circulated under a differential model in which the lockdown level would be determined by the level of coronavirus spread and the preparedness of the health system in any given area.
Nor did he mention the sale of cigarettes, or when bars and clubs may be permitted to operate again

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