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Leisure Travel Is Now Allowed Within Provinces

The tourism sector has been hit hard by the lockdown regulations. The sector's R200-million relief fund has helped 4,000 companies stay afloat, and it is now doing more to reopen the industry.

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Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced that leisure travel would be allowed within provinces.

"The impact of the pandemic has been devastating for the tourism sector. Many businesses are at the risk of being lost and closed and many jobs have either been lost or at the risk of being lost."

She said the department was doing everything it could to minimize the impact of covid-19 on the tourism sector.

The National Coronavirus Command Council suggested for more tourism sectors to be reopened, and Cabinet eventually gave the go-ahead for leisure travel to be allowed within provinces. 

"After the release of the new regulations, individuals will be permitted to leave their homes for leisure purposes within their provinces where they currently live"

Kubayi-Ngubane said leisure travel between provinces is not allowed, as she emphasized "it is only for intra-provincial travel, not inter-provincial travel."

"It's within your province. If you are in Gauteng, you are allowed to be within Gauteng, you don't go to KZN. If you are in KZN, you don't go to Gauteng"

The Minister said places providing accommodation would have to follow regulations, such as limiting the number of people allowed in a room and keeping a record of all customers.

"No more than 2 persons per room, except for a nuclear family. This means a parent or 2 parents with children."

Places providing accommodation in the form of short-term home rental, like Airbnb, remain closed.

Kubayi-Ngubane said the Tourism sector will continue to meet with stakeholders in order to figure out the best way to reopen the sector. 

“Going forward we will invite health practitioners, who are advising government on how best to manage the pandemic, to meet with our sector so that together we can strategise on the way forward and are armed with all the necessary information,” she said.

 

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