Booze and flight rules will kill us, say tourism players

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Booze and flight rules will kill us, say tourism players

Gambling and eating out will never be the same, but operators say flight and alcohol restrictions are the big problems

Alex Patrick and Nivashni Nair

Disposable menus at restaurants, screens between slot machines at casinos, gaming floors open only to loyalty members, and strict sanitisation at hotels will become the new normal when the tourism and entertainment sector reopens.

However, if liquor and interprovincial travel regulations are not eased, most establishments might as well remain shut, says the tourism industry.

The Tourism Business Council of SA, which represents a sector that employs more than one and a half million people, told the government on Friday that alcohol sales must be allowed at restaurants and hotels outside the current hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday...

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