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RRISK ADJUSTED NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

Implications of risk adjusted lockdown level one for the tourism industry

The National Coronavirus Command Council has announced that the whole country will move to Level 1 of the Risk Adjusted Strategy from 21 September 2020.

This means that all domestic interprovincial travel will continue for business and leisure purposes.  International travel movement will open from 01 October 2020 subject to further regulations and conditions.

Domestic flights for business and leisure purposes are available from all commercial airports in South Africa.

All hotels and accommodation establishments are allowed to operate within the stipulated legislation.

Restaurants, take-aways, and food establishments will continue to be open for delivery and collection of food. Sit-down meals are allowed with strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures. All restaurants must adhere to the curfew of 00:00. Alcohol sales is permitted in line with stipulated legislation  

Professional services such as tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents and tourism information officers including training of nature guides and other related services can continue in their current environments.

All restaurants, fast food outlets and coffee shops; hotels, lodges, bed and breakfast, time share facilities, resorts and guest house, conference and meeting venues including casinos will provide detailed training for their staff and inform staff of their responsibility to advise the employer if they are tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive.

Click here for a copy of the Government Gazette dated 17 September 2020

What domestic travel is allowed under Level 1 of the risk adjusted strategy?
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UUPDATE:  27 March 2020, Let's work together during this touch time

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa is extremely grateful for your cooperation as our country and the world locks down. This is an incredibly challenging time for us all especially in the tourism sector as we are bearing the brunt of our guests’ inability to travel. We urge you to abide by the measures announced by South Africa’s National Command Council.  Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer, has some pertinent messages for you as we commit to providing you with documented information you can make use of during this unprecedent time.

 

UPDATE: 22 March 2020, Central Traveller Registry for accommodation establishments

As per the Immigration Act of 2002, all hotels, motels and accommodation establishments must keep a register containing details of all persons who are provided with lodging or sleeping accommodation.

South African Tourism (SA Tourism), the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) are coordinating efforts to create a central portal where all accommodation establishments across the country can load the information of the local and international guests staying at their establishments.

It is imperative to ensure the health and safety of all South African citizens and tourists travelling within South Africa in containing the spread of the virus.

In light of the Act, SA Tourism, TBCSA and FEDHASA have requested all establishments to send through booking data to a central repository dating back to the last 14 days.

The benefit of a single repository allows for accurately locating tourists within the country, their movements and to facilitate contact tracing for positively confirmed cases and assist tourists to make the necessary arrangements for their wellbeing.

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