Tourism sector should be at the forefront of deploying solutions focused on safety, sanitising methods and early detection, to be used by tourists and tourism employees alike, says Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
Tourism services that will open up under Level 3:
- Restaurants for delivery or collection of food. Restaurants with liquor licences are allowed to sell alcohol only for takeout and delivery.
- Professional services – e.g. tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents, tourism information officers are allowed to come back to operations.
- Professional Services including training of nature guides and other related services that are able to ensure safe distance.
- Public and private game farms have been opened for self-drive excursions.
- Hiking to be done in compliance with existing guidelines and not in groups.
- Accommodation activities are allowed, except for leisure and establishments will no longer require a letter from Minister of Tourism to operate. They are required to ensure that they accommodate those in the permitted services and keep records for inspections by the department.
- Hunting and Gaming activities are also allowed.
The following economic activities will remain prohibited under level three:
- Conferences, events, entertainment activities (such as Festivals) are still not permitted. It must be noted that some of the conference venues have been used in the fight against the pandemic and as such are allowed to be operational, including being used for distribution points of social relief measures.
- casinos not permitted.
- leisure travel not permitted.