However, it raised concern about restricting off-consumption outlets to trading between 10am and 6pm from Mondays to Thursdays only.
“Like grocery shops, off-consumption retailers have demonstrated efforts to adhere to the safety protocols in the management of shoppers. The severe limitation put on the off-consumption channel will have a devastating impact that could potentially lead to job losses in the retail sector,” it said.
“The industry urges everyone to download the Covid alert SA app from either the Apple App or Google Play store. The industry also urges the public to make use of the hotline to report any violation of the regulations.”
SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona said the president’s announcement came at a bad time.
“It’s a reminder we are in a pandemic. This is what you call a black swan. We have to take the necessary precautions. With the risk spiking up, we have to adjust accordingly. Some of the measures were announced by the president to mitigate this risk,” he said on Power FM.
“The best place to social distance is to go out to open rural areas, villages and not epicentres. It’s about being conscious about social distancing. Travel as a family and keep within that [circle]. Avoid places with a high concentration of people.”