Minister of Small Business and Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announced on Sunday, 14 June 2020 that several restricted services shall be allowed to operate as we are moving to ‘Advanced Level 3’ of the Lockdown. Government is, however, awaiting the final go-ahead from the Health Advisory Council where after these alterations shall be promulgated into law.
The relaxations are aimed to enable hair salons and tattoo parlours to operate again as well as enabling restaurants to entertain sit-in customers. In the event where the go-ahead for Cabinet’s proposals is provided, shall there however be guidelines for operation in place in order to keep the threat of the COVID 19 Transmission low.
Although Government shall still issue regulations outlining the guidelines for each industry, it can be assumed that all the precautions we came to be accustomed to; the wearing of masks, thorough sanitising, temperature screening and social distancing will come into play.
Wendy Alberts, Chief Executive of RASA, emphasised that restaurants are the leading industry with regards to hygiene standards and suggested that same guidelines be adhered to as with churches. According to Alberts, restaurants can implement the 1.5m social distancing whilst operating under 70% capacity.
Jassy Mackenzie, CEO of Hair News South Africa acknowledged and confirmed the Hair Industry’s capability to adhere to social distancing, wearing of masks, using of disposable equipment, limitation of numbers of people, screening of clientele and thorough sanitising.
Tattooers Unite has presented proposals relying on social networking consultations rather than face-to-face meetings where necessary and accordingly prohibiting walk-in patrons without appointments. Gloves, masks, sanitising and screening will also be at the order of the day whilst all staff must be certified in the prevention of transmission of bloodborne pathogens.
It was conveyed that Cabinet is anticipating to receive the verdict from the Health Advisory Council on or before 17 June 2020 and we at CEO undertake to monitor the developments herein in order to keep you informed.
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