Sunday, 16 August 2020 11:25

 

Sun International welcomes the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night, that the country move to level two restrictions from midnight on Monday.

In a televised address to the nation on Saturday, Ramaphosa announced that the country will be moving to level two of the lockdown allowing for inter-provincial travel.

Sun International COO Graham Wood said: "We at Sun International are delighted to hear the news that the country is moving to lockdown Level 2. We are especially grateful for the relaxation of the inter-provincial travel restrictions because this will allow the domestic travel industry to start moving. This also has a big bearing on a resort like Sun City and we will be making some announcements has to when the resort will be reopening in due course."

"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 re-opening date in due course."

It is unfortunate that the curfew could not be further relaxed, but we are grateful and relieved that our restaurants can again serve alcohol. But lifting the onerous ban on alcohol will boost footfall to our properties.

Graham said their casinos have been operating since 1 July and customers have been very supportive, but the curfew has hurt their business by reducing operating hours at a time when numbers on the floor already had to be limited, so they are hopeful that this can be relaxed or lifted soon.

He added that the 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.