The slight relaxation of trade restrictions under the national lockdown from the 1st of May, marks the first step towards recovery for the tourism sector. FEDHASA will be working with government to help ease the hospitality industry’s operations.
The restrictions under Level 4, gazetted by the national government, allow restaurants to open for home delivery only and heralds the start of the gradual return to work for the hospitality industry.
An estimated 20% of the tourism industry are employed in food and beverage serving, and as such ensuring restaurants are earning an income is vital to keeping these jobs.
In preparation for the opening of the restaurant industry, it is vital that the establishments develop partnerships with delivery services, trained staff members on protocols on preventing the spread of Covid-19 and issued guidelines on purchasing of stock to enable an effective operation.
The tourism industry as a whole is one of the largest job creators in South Africa, it is imperative that businesses open as soon as it is responsibly possible to ensure livelihoods.
To assist in plotting this timeline, FEDHASA is lobbying with regional and national governments to unpack further easing of trade restrictions in the hospitality industry. These are guided by the strict safety protocols FEDHASA has developed for the sector.
“Delegations are engaging at the highest level around the issues of Covid-19 safety in our operations, funding and trade restrictions. While much uncertainty remains at this time, we are committed to representing the hospitality industry in our role as their voice,” says Zama.