Empty tables and chairs at an outdoor restaurant. Picture: Supplied
Empty tables and chairs at an outdoor restaurant. Picture: Supplied

Ugu tourism calls for local support as impact of level 4 lockdown bites

By Sakhiseni Nxumalo Time of article published Jul 6, 2021

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DURBAN - Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) has urged residents to support local eateries as many are struggling under the adjusted alert level 4 of the national lockdown.

The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast sector said the move to the adjusted alert level 4, which was announced on June 28, has a serious impact on the tourism establishments.

Under the adjusted regulations, restaurants are prohibited from on-site sales, however, sales for off-site consumption of food and non-alcoholic beverages are still permitted.

The USCT encouraged residents to continue supporting local eateries through takeaways during this challenging time.

“The introduction of adjusted alert level 4 regulations is a necessary measure to save lives, and to minimise the detrimental impact to our many tourism businesses; we’re reaching out to KZN South Coast residents and visitors to support our local eateries wherever possible,” said chief executive of Ugu South Coast Tourism, Phelisa Mangcu.

Mangcu said this has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone and undoubtedly it is going to continue to be tough going for some time.

“We’re also fortunate that, along the KZN South Coast, we have so many incredible natural, open-air spaces to enjoy takeaway meals, including beaches, nature reserves, parks and whale-watching decks.

“You could catch sight of the migrating whales or even the ongoing Sardine Run while grabbing a bite to eat,” Mangcu urged the community.

She said the impact of Covid-19 on tourism had been substantial, and being a key tourism destination, the KZN South Coast needs all the local support they can give.

“We really encourage everyone to show community spirit during this time and support local,” she said.

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