South Africa to allow domestic air travel for business purpose from June 1
Whilst the ongoing global pandemic, almost every country including South Africa had shut flight operations to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
But now, as the governments decided to ease lockdown restrictions and resume all halted operations, South Africa will also allow domestic air travel for business purposes only from June 1 as the country further eases coronavirus lockdown regulations.
South Africa has reported 29,240 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 611 deaths.
From next month, Africa’s most industrialized economy will allow most economic sectors including mining and manufacturing to fully resume operations. The country has also allowed the sale of alcohol but for home consumption.
“As the country moves to level 3, with more industries resuming operations, learners returning to school, the transport sector must be responsive to enable mobility of both workers and learners,” Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula said.
“In doing so, we must maintain a delicate balance between enabling mobility and arresting the spread of the virus.”
The resumption of domestic flights will be rolled out in three phases, with only four airports allowed to be opened under phase one, he added.
Moreover, in an early briefing, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa said professional teams and individual athletes who participate in contact and non-contact sport, including rugby and football can start training from Monday under strict precautionary measures.
He said it was important for all training to resume so that athletes could stay in shape for when contact sports resume matches.
The regulations will also allow professional non-contact sports to host sports events without spectators. The minister has yet to publish the regulations, which will name the permitted sporting codes.
The government has also decided to open some parts of the tourism sector such as restaurants, tour operators, public and private game farms and accommodation for business travel.
The tourism department will provide additional financial relief of $1.71 million for tourist guides over a period of two to three months, Kubayi-Ngubane said.
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