Sun City Resort is Set to Reopen as Travel Between Provinces Allowed
Sun City, which has remained shuttered since the outbreak of COVID-19, will finally be reopened to the public, according to an executive at Sun International.
The Group COO for Hospitality, Graham Wood, has not yet given a date for the reopening, but said that Sun International will advise of one in due course.
Wood was speaking in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to move South Africa down to level 2, which came into effect on Monday, August 17th.
One of the most important changes that came from this change in level was the fact that all restrictions on inter-provincial travel have now been lifted.
Accommodation, hospitality venues and tours are permitted, according to approved protocols to ensure social distancing.
“To say we are delighted by this news would be an understatement,” said Woods this week. “With interprovincial travel restrictions lifted, our tourist hotels and resorts such as Sun City will finally be able to reopen. We will advise of Sun City’s reopening date in due course.”
“Our current health and safety protocols will remain in place, and all Sun International properties now bear the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) safe stamp of approval, verifying that the COVID-19 health and safety protocols we have in place meet international benchmarks,” he added.
In his address to all South Africans, the President said that the decision to move to level 2 was “guided by the advice of our health experts”, following consultation with provincial and local governments.
Under the new protocols, restaurants, bars and taverns will be allowed to operate according to approved restrictions as to times of operation and numbers of people.
Licensed premises will be allowed liquor for on-site consumption, subject to strict adherence to the curfew.
In reference to casinos, the level 2 restrictions state that they are “subject to a restriction on the number of persons allowed in the casino to not more than 50 percent of the available floor space, with patrons observing a distance of least one and a half metres from each other.”