Salons at Lifestyle Centre are now welcoming customers for haircuts and beauty treatments under strict Covid-19 protocols. While sit-down dining has been unbanned, restaurants await more sector-specific rules and safety protocols, which have not yet been published by the government, leaving no legal way for them to open fully and serve their customers.
A number of restaurants and eateries at Lifestyle Centre have been operating as takeaways, with outlets such as FISH in The Market, 45 on Eat Street, Peron Peron, Lupa and Attikos offering free delivery from Westbrook to Sheffield for a minimum order of R200. Some restaurants have also launched convenient online ordering, currently live at www.45oneatstreet.co.za and www.attikos.co.za.
Lifestyle Centre Management is gearing up for the re-opening of The Market for the consumption of food by putting social distancing measures in place in their seating areas, in addition to their current protocols which include:
- a daily temperature check for all staff
- masks to be worn by staff at all times
- availability of hand sanitiser at the entrance to and within The Market
- continuous cleaning and sanitising of all surface areas and touchpoints
- weekly deep-clean and sanitization of front-of-house and backup areas in The Market by specialised company, X-Treme Cleaning
- air conditioner filter sanitizing
- social distancing decals and signage clearly visible to customers
- continuous communication and education regarding the importance of preventative measures
Comprehensive Health and Safety Protocol and Procedures have been developed for restaurants in The Market, on Eat Street and in the rest of the Centre, ahead of the re-introduction of sit-down dining, but restaurateurs await final sector-specific regulations to be issued by the government.
Lifestyle Centre owner, Bruce Rencken said, “Customers have welcomed the ability to return to the likes of Hair 4 U, Gerald Wells and Esse for hair and beauty treatments and, with credit to these tenants, I believe that they have been made to feel very comfortable in the new norm. It is now critical to the survival of restaurants and eateries that the government issue the directions urgently to allow them to start operating properly again. The past few months have been dire for restaurant owners and staff members alike and we had hoped for a degree of normality to return sooner after the announcement of advanced lockdown level 3. We certainly hope to be in a position to open fully by 1 July at the latest. We are looking forward to seeing the energy and vibe back in The Market and at Eat Street, albeit with social distancing measures. In the meantime, Centre Management is working on ensuring that our environment is as safe as possible for staff and customers alike.”
Up-to-date information on all open stores at Lifestyle Centre and their trading hours can be found at www.ballitolifestylecentre.co.za/open.