As per Government Gazette 43620 published on 17 August, the country will move to alert level 2.
Are you allowed to open?
Yes — you are allowed to host both leisure- and business travellers from across the country.
You don’t need a certificate, permit or permission letter to open.
But you have to implement the prescribed safety protocols in hosting.
Things to do now:
- Make sure all of your closeouts are removed and that you are showing availability everywhere. Check availability on your own website booking button and a public site you are linked to like Travelground or Booking.com.
- Use the industry protocols that were put out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). We summarised them to make it easy to follow.
- Let your guests know you’re implementing the safety protocols. Join the NightsBridge SafeStays initiative on Links Manager. This will show that you’re implementing cleaning and hygiene precautions.
- Spread the word about the core focus for the sector’s safe reopening — Use the hashtag #SouthAfricaisTravelReady.
Who is allowed to stay over?
The president’s speech indicated the following:
- All restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be lifted.
- Accommodation, hospitality venues and tours will be permitted according to approved protocols to ensure social distancing.
If you are not ready to host:
We understand that you may not be ready to host due to certain factors.
It might not be financially viable for you to open if you’re expecting low occupancy.
If you don’t want to take bookings, make sure you have close-outs in place.
Official Government Communication:
- 43620: Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (17/8)
- 43577: Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (31/7)
- 43521: Level 3 Lockdown Amendments (12/7)
- 43487: Directions on Risk Adjusted Strategy for Tourism activities, services and products (29/6)
- 43476: Level 3 Lockdown Amendments (25/6)
- Presidental Address (17/6)
- 43364: Alert Level 3 Travel Regulations (28/5)