As South Africa moves into what the government is terming 'advanced level 3 lockdown', we're hoping to see more and more small and medium businesses opening their doors. But, has the business landscape changed in the last few months? And what will operations be like under new COVID-19 regulations?
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What is advanced level 3 lockdown?
According to the minister of small business and development‚ Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, advanced level 3 can be seen as an interim measure between level 3 and level 2. The main goal of this strategy is to increase the number of small businesses, such as restaurants and personal care salons, that will be able to open in this phase. While SA's COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, a lack of relief funds for small businesses necessitated this step.
What businesses are expected to re-open?
The good news is that several businesses can now operate under advanced level 3 lockdown, as long as they remain compliant and safety conscious. The businesses that will be allowed to open include sit-down restaurants, hairdressers, tattoo parlours, nail salons, body massage services and street food vendors.
Are there new regulations?
The basic coronavirus rules will still apply, with masks being mandatory at all times. And there may be a limited number of employees working at any one time. When speaking about the re-opening of small business, the Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni had this to say: “You are making them adjust to the new normal because we are going to live with COVID-19 forever so sanitising‚ social distance‚ handwashing and all those other things that are protective have to become the norm.”
What is the business landscape like at the moment?
Almost no small or medium businesses have been untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under lockdown regulations, many companies were forced to close their doors and lay off staff. But, hopefully, with the new advanced level 3 regulations, these realities might be reversed. However, with more and more people working from home, and businesses being forced to operate remotely or digitally, technology has never been more important. If you can't operate at full capacity, bring your business online and see what software developments can help get you back on your feet.
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