Restaurants, cinemas, casino's and theaters can technically reopen

BREAKING: Restaurants, cinemas, casino's and theatres are among the industries that are now allowed to open. The Minister of Co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, gazetted a set of amendments to the primary rules that govern the lockdown late last night. The late-night amendments say that conferences "restricted to business purposes" may take place, and cinemas and theatres may open, as long as all host no more than 50 people at a time. Dining at restaurants is now allowed, but the on-site consumption of liquor is still prohibited. Casinos do not have such an absolute limit on visitors. Instead, their patrons must stay 1.5 metres away from one another, while the regulations also impose "a restriction on the number of persons allowed in the casino to not more than 50% of the available floor space". Cinemas must sell all tickets "through a booking system", while theatres must operate with a maximum crew of 15 people and only 50 people will be allowed.

However, in each case gatherings are allowed only under adherence to sector-specific safety protocols, which have not yet been published for any of those sectors, making it impossible to comply. Only salons and tattoo parlours have had such rules released since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the plan to further relax lockdown restrictions.

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