Need an excuse not to cook? The Western Cape government has the perfect one
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Cape Town - Western Cape residents have been encouraged to support restaurants which are only allowed to sell food for takeaway and deliveries under the new level 4 regulations.
When President Cyril Ramaphosa moved the country to adjusted level 4 to curb the spread of new wave of Covid-19 infections, an already struggling hospitality sector was handed another blow with new restrictions.
Restaurants are only allowed to sell food for takeaway and deliveries, the new curfew times fall between 9pm and 4am, and the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
Premier Alan Winde conducted a small business site visit to Jordan Ways of Cooking in Langa on Tuesday, and he was joined by Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC, David Maynier.
Winde said that during the visit, they were briefed on the restaurant’s measures to prevent transmission, and discussed concerns relating to the restrictions.
“This site visit gave us an opportunity to support small businesses, as we ordered and enjoyed a coffee from this proud local restaurant. I call on residents to further play their part and support small businesses, wherever possible.
“I want to commend Jordan Ways of Cooking on their innovative approach amid the pandemic. Anticipating that there would be a third wave, the restaurant launched their cellphone application during the increased alert level so that customers could make orders and get deliveries,” Winde said.
“I encourage other small businesses to be equally disruptive and look for opportunities to do business amid the lockdown. We need to think innovatively during this period to ensure that we protect our local economy.”
Great to join Premier @alanwinde this morning for coffee takeaways at Jordan Ways of Cooking in Langa.— David Maynier (@DavidMaynier) July 6, 2021
As a small business owner Ntlalo Jordan has worked hard to save jobs by innovating his business during Covid-19, offering online ordering and home deliveries to his customers. pic.twitter.com/Q1PmlltuPb
Maynier, meanwhile, extended the call to Western Cape residents to support restaurants amid the news restrictions.
“I know that times are tough but if you have the means, please support out restaurants and coffee shops by ordering takeaways.”
Winde said that the Western Cape government would continue supporting small businesses by calling for the reopening of UIF Ters, which would “go a long way in supporting the employees of small businesses”.