UASA is pleased with Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the South African economy will be to a large extent allowed to return to normal as from 1 June 2020, under lockdown level 3 regulations.
Returning to economic activities is necessary to keep the economy from collapsing and also to protect the livelihoods of South Africans, many of whom lost incomes as a result of the lockdown.
As more and more people are allowed to return to work, we must all be vigilant and each play our role to keep the coronavirus at bay. The responsibility to curb the spread of the virus now lies entirely in how we behave and UASA urges everyone to ensure strict adherence to the health and safety measures as issued by the various government ministries.
It is, however, disappointing that the personal care sector, which includes hairdressing and beauty salons, is not included in the list of services that will be allowed under level 3.
UASA and other industry stakeholders believe the sector is prepared to reopen and have made submissions detailing the stringent measures to be put in place to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.
The industry is already under immense pressure with a potential for huge job losses and closure of businesses looming.
We call on the government to reconsider their decision regarding the personal care sector, just as they are considering applications by the tourism industry, restaurants and hotels on how they may proceed and save their sector with the least possible negative health consequences.
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