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City assists businesses to reopen amid covid-19
​The City is assisting local businesses to prepare to open under the
relaxation of level 3 regulations by deep cleaning premises and
providing sanitisers at various Municipal retail sites.
AS THE country prepares for the re-opening of more businesses in line with the relaxation of national lockdown regulations, eThekwini Municipality is urging businesses that will be opening for trade to adhere to safety requirements.

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that more businesses would be able to reopen and operate under the advanced level 3 lockdown regulations, while adhering to stringent safety measures. Head of the City’s Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit, Thulani Nzama said the announcement by President Ramaphosa was widely welcomed, especially by many small businesses whose livelihood has been adversely affected by the closure of their businesses.

To assist small businesses adhere to safety requirements and to prepare for re-opening, Nzama said the spring cleaning and sanitising of Municipal retail markets has been done as fruit, vegetable and tuckshop businesses were allowed to operate earlier. He said they are now commencing with the
sanitising of trading stalls of identified businesses set to re-open. Nzama said they have procured and are awaiting the delivery of hand washing stations to be installed at various retail sites. “Handwashing is one of the crucial elements in the fight against Covid-19, there forethis will be very beneficial to customers and traders.” All sites will routinely be cleaned and sanitised to ensure
Covid-19 is not spread.

Traders have also been provided with two fabric masks each and hand sanitisers. Nzama said their unit mandate is to support businesses as they contribute to local economic growth and job creation. “In eThekwini, the informal sector alone injects over R8 billion into the economy annually, which translates to more than nine percent of our entire Gross Domestic Product. This sector has been a major provider of employment and goods and services for lower income groups.”

Addressing the nation on further measures taken by government to curb the spread of Covid-19, President Ramaphosa said it was important to not neglect the economy. He said in South Africa, the pandemic has severely disrupted the livelihoods of millions of people. Covid-19 regulations to curb the spread of the virus include a maximum of 50 people at any public gathering. Additionally, strict safety guidelines for staff members include a 1.5 metre distance between each other and customers and not allowing restaurants to serve alcohol after hours. Businesses will also be required to mark 1.5 metre spacing outside their premises to ensure social distancing.

The businesses set to operate again includes restaurants for sit-down meals and accredited and licensed accommodation with the exception of home sharing accommodation such as Air BnBs. Cinemas, theatres as well as casinos will also be allowed to operate.

Furthermore, conferences and meetings for business purposes, personal care services including hairdressers and beauty services, noncontact sports such as golf, tennis, cricket and others will also be allowed. Contact sports will be allowed only for training and modified activities with restricted use of facilities.

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