The restaurant industry is expected to protest on Wednesday over seclusion regulations that paralyze the industry. These regulations include the ban on alcohol and the curfew.
The Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa) has called on restaurants and coffee shops on social media to take part in its peaceful demonstration between 12:00 and 14:00 known as the 1 Million Seats On The Streets campaign.
According to information, restaurants and coffee shops will close their doors for the two hours and place tables outside or even in the streets. Some restaurants also called on social media for participants to wear black during the protest.
“Our restaurants are empty. We can not survive without the support of the government and customers, ”said Rasa CEO Wendy Alberts
Restaurants are currently not allowed to serve alcohol with meals. Restaurants are also forced to close earlier due to the curfew rule which applies from 21:00 in the evening.
Rasa said on social media that the association and other stakeholders, including the National Liquor Dealers ‘Council and the Liquor Dealers’ Association of South Africa (LTASA), had pres. Cyril Ramaphosa invited to meet them today to work together to find a solution to the harmful effects of irresponsible liquor consumption in order to lift the ban on serving liquor.
According to Rasa, Tourism Minister Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane has already agreed to meet with them today. A memorandum will be handed over to the minister during this meeting.
The organization Business League, meanwhile, has encouraged its members to support restaurants and coffee shops today as part of the 1 Million Seats On The Streets campaign.
“After months of unnecessarily harmful, excessive and impulsive regulations, several industries are on their knees. In particular, the retail, food and beverage industry experienced the total collapse of its turnover from almost R7 billion per month, which it would be in April, to less than R1 billion, ”said Piet le Roux, CEO of Business League, in said a statement.
“The turnover of restaurants and coffee shops, a significant subdivision of this industry, fell from more than R4 billion to zero in April, according to preliminary statistics from Stats SA released on Monday.”
Business League encouraged business people to buy and enjoy a drink or meal at restaurants and coffee shops on Wednesday. “We encourage them to take a photo and post it on social media, with comments on the isolation regulations and their impact, or tips on how to counter harmful regulations.”