Hospitality Industry Pleads For No Further Lockdowns

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December is one of the busiest periods for the hospitality industry. This as tourists from around the world want to experience what South Africa has on offer.


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December is one of the busiest periods for the hospitality industry. This as tourists from around the world want to experience what South Africa has on offer.

The hospitality industry is pleading for the government only to implement a lockdown if it is absolutely necessary and if its the last resort. This as businesses in the industry look to recover the losses in income occured over the last 18 months.

The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns meant that those who worked in the hospitality industry, along with other sectors including tourism, had limited ways of generating revenue.

The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa’s (FEDHASA) Chairperson Rosemary Anderson argues that a lockdown could inflict further damage to an already ailing tourism industry. She believes that vaccination is the key to keeping the country out of a lockdown. This as she believes that continuing to implement lockdowns is not sustainable.

She said, “I think vaccination is the only route out we've actually seen that with all of our counterparts in the UK and other european countries. I know that they're going through a fourth wave at the moment but they have been able to cope with regards to hospitalisation and deaths”.

One major component in the hospitality industry is the sale of alcohol. Anderson explained that by not being allowed to trade in alcohol, many businesses were operating without being financially viable. She argues that people will sometimes opt not to go to a country where there are restrictions on alcohol.

She said, “if you know that you're going to spend quite a lot of money at a lovely hotel but you know at the same time you won't be able to enjoy your lovely glass of wine or your favorite beer when you have a meal, whatever the case is you would decide rather i'm not going to go on holiday now”.

Anderson argues that the hospitality industry could play a major role in tackling the unemployment crisis in the country. She says that many people can be good at jobs in the industry regardless of their level of education.

The National State of Disaster has been extended to 15 December 2021. Once we reached the final month of 2021, the country would have been under a state of disaster for 21 months.

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