As life slowly returns to normal after the easing of covid-19 regulations patrons and travellers have started visiting restaurants and other places of entertainment under strict restrictions.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has revealed that the tourism, hospitality and transport industries have been the hardest hit by the shut down of services and amenities during the covid-19 lockdown.

Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane recently announced new regulations allowing for the opening up of the sector.

“COVID-19 surely impacted our operations, but certainly not our sense of hospitality. The sector stands ready to host you. Whether it is a visit to the local botanical garden, restaurant or an overnight trip to another province – go and enjoy yourself and don’t forget to share your experiences as we strive for excellence, resilience and competitiveness,” Kubayi-Ngubane said.

Revellers heeded this call and headed for the great hills of Magoebaskloof to enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon of song, dance, food and drinks at the Zwakala Brewery, one of Limpopo’s popular tourist attractions.

Hospitality and tourism operations such as Zwakala Brewery are preparing for a peak in operations following the easing of lockdown regulations. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Patrons enjoyed a Sunday afternoon of music, food and drink as life slowly returns to normal after the easing of lockdown regulations. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Enjoying live music at the Zwakala Brewery after a long period of life indoors due to the covid-19 lockdown Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
A drummer in full blast on a Sunday afternoon of music and dance. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Lunch is served…Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi said opening up the hospitality and tourism sector will reignite business activities, save jobs and the many livelihoods that facing difficulties due to the pandemic. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
A singer belts out a tune as patrons enjoy a day in the sunshine after many months of restriction due to the covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
With the arrival of spring the SA tourism and hospitality sector is hoping to benefit from the great weather after the easing of lockdown regulations. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media

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