CAPE TOWN — The South African Restaurants Association (RASA) received a letter from the Tourism Ministry demanding the reopening of sit-down restaurants.
It's been over a week since restaurants declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa will be reopening for sit-in service below the country's lockdown stage three.
But restaurants are unable to reopen until the Sit down Services regulations are issued.
Wendy Alberts, CEO of the Restaurants Association of South Africa, said on Thursday her legal team sent the letter seeking assistance on Wednesday.
"Give us clarity as to what the pause is, and where and what happens before we can open up the industry? Because we delay opening every day we face many more fatalities and causalities within the restaurant industry.
She said the industry had given the government its proposed protocols and couldn't understand the holdup: "Let's help you in the protocols, because it's not about negotiation. This is all about authorizing the guidelines we 're bringing together as an industry.
In the letter, Alberts called for the regulations to allow restaurants to sit at 70 percent capacity and allow alcohol consumption on site.