Accommodation for leisure FINALLY open!

We can, finally welcome the confirmation by the Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, that accommodation for leisure is open for travel within provinces under Alert Level 3. 

What this means is that families who live in the province can now spend a weekend away at their favourite getaway spot and enjoy the best that the Western Cape has to offer, while doing so safely and responsibly.

We also welcome the announcement that the curfew will start at 10pm to allow restaurants an uninterrupted dinner service. 

We have repeatedly called for the opening of these sectors, who have already done a great deal of work to develop health and safety guidelines and protocols aimed at ‘de-risking’ the sector.

While these adjustments to the restrictions will certainly help to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the tourism and hospitality industry, they don’t go far enough, and so we will continue to engage with national government on this.

This finally brings to an end, months of flip-flopping that have caused immense financial damage and significant jobs losses that could have been avoided if a common-sense approach had been taken from the start.

We call on all people who can, to book a holiday or even just a night away, to support the tourism and hospitality sector in the Western Cape.

We all need to contribute to economic recovery in the Western Cape – and supporting our accommodation sector, while visiting and supporting shops and restaurants in local towns at the same time has never been more important!