Restaurants operate under strict regulations
Some restaurants have officially reopened to operate under the advanced level 3 of the lockdown.
Restaurants must follow specific safety guidelines to ensure they do not contribute towards the spread of the virus. These include a “no mask no entry” policy, the use of sanitisers for customers/employees at the entrance, and the registering of each customer who enters the restaurant.
Pizzaboys’s manager on Florida Road, AK, said that customer and employee safety is his main goal.
“It is more important for me to make sure that our customers and my employees are safe. We have decided to close our restaurant section, customers order and wait outside the store, and orders are brought to them,” said AK.
Although some restaurants are popular household names, customers will be attracted by the efforts that are made to ensure their safety more than the restaurants’ popularity. It may take some time before restaurants see large profitable income.
Butcher Block restaurant manager, PJ, said the dynamics have changed considerably and restaurants have the challenge to rebuild their brand.
“Anything is possible. We open and get on our knees and pray we get customers. We have created a variety of specials to attract customers and follow safety precautions to ensure they consider our brand,” said PJ.
Customers seem to have different opinions regarding this matter. Thobeka Mbatha, said that she does not feel re-opening sit in restaurants is a wise idea.
“I don’t feel safe to go out yet because the number of cases is increasing daily. I also don’t have enough money because my focus is to ensure I have enough immune booster supplies and personal protective equipment,” said Mbatha
Picture: Qiqa Tobia