Well since our last level 3 regulation update on the tourism industry, it seems the government has changed the regulations again. This time for the better, helping to open up the strickened sector a little more. This is what we now know:
1. Game parks, and private game farms, may open under Alert Level 3, tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced on Saturday.
2. They may offer only self-drive excursions, though. Absolutely no groups.
3. Visitors may still not cross provincial boundaries to get to game parks, and accommodation for leisure is banned.
4. South Africans may also hike again, Kubayi-Ngubane said, under general exercise rules, which means absolutely no groups.
5. Tour operators may only operate within their own province and no group activities are permitted.
6. Under Level 3 lockdown Hotels and B&Bs will be allowed to operate for those travelling for business purposes.
Game parks and hikes are legal again from Monday 1 June – but no overnight stays and only in-province
Game parks and private game farms may open their gates to visitors again from Monday, when Alert Level 3 kicks in, tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced on Saturday night.
Kubayi-Ngubane was describing upcoming regulations for her sector under Level 3, which had not yet been published 29 hours before they are due to come into effect.
"Public and private game farms have been opened for self-drive excursions," she said, stressing that no group tours or activities will be allowed, and visitors will have to use their own vehicles.
Visitors may not cross provincial boundaries to reach game parks for such drives or activities. Under Level 3, provincial borders are closed to those who can not show a need to travel on essential business.
Game parks also have to kick out visitors every day; accommodation establishments may still only serve those who can show they are travelling on business, Kubayi-Ngubane said.
She said her department would conduct inspections, and hotels, lodges, and guest houses must be in a position to prove that those they allowed to stay overnight were not travelling for leisure.
Hiking is also expressly allowed again from Monday, 1 June, Kubayi-Ngubane said, under the same rules that apply to exercise in general, "meaning you are not allowed to do the hiking in groups".
The general curfew that is in place under Alert Level 4 drops away, but exercise is allowed only between 06:00 and 18:00 every day.
That means you can travel to and from a hiking destination at any time of day, but can only start walking at 6 AM, and you must be back in your car or another form of transport by 6 PM. No groups.
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