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Local is Lekker

1 October 2021

As the World, and South Africa, celebrated International Tourism Day after the National Heritage long-weekend this year, our beautiful country is calling out to be explored by us all.

SAACI with its #LetsMeet campaign aims in getting us all up and away from our PC screens.

This is a timely call after the President’s announcement last night, which moved the country to Adjusted Alert Level 1 effective immediately.

Among the changes announced that affects the industry includes:

  • The hours of curfew changed to 00h00 – 04h00
  • The maximum number of people permitted to gather indoors will increase to 750 and outdoors to 2,000, or 50% of the venue capacity if it is too small to accommodate these numbers
  • Closing time for establishments is 23h00
  • The sale of alcohol will be permitted according to normal licence provisions. No alcohol may be sold after 23h00

The President further announced that Vooma Vaccination weekends would be rolled out to increase the number of vaccinations in the country.

He also confirmed that he has spoken to the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, about South Africa’s red list status and both were “hopeful of a positive outcome when the issue comes up for review in the next few days”.

With this welcomed news, we are optimistic that we will continue to see green shoots as confidence builds, and we will continue to work safely to get in-person interaction, meetings and events moving again.

We remain committed to a phased approach as a way to assist building sustainability and growth. Our call to our partners, both government and corporate, is that we follow an approach that keeps the Business Events Industry moving.

A STOP – START approach, as we experienced a year ago, will be detrimental to the entire industry.

So, Let’s Meet safely, responsibly, and Let’s Go to places that bring us peace and create more memories as we reconnect with our beautiful land.

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