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After almost eight months of not being allowed to serve food and drinks, with the exception of bottled water onboard flights, local airlines have been given the green light to treat passengers to food, drinks and even in-flight magazines again.

With the country’s State of Disaster move to alert level 1, the changes announced by the Department of Transport on Friday were imminent.

There is an exception to the relaxed rules as the Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs revised the Disaster Management Act regulations.

The revised regulations stipulate that although airlines are allowed to distribute in-flight magazines, each and every one of them has to be discarded once they’ve been read. This forms part of an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Several countries around the world have also relaxed their regulations relating to food and drinks served on international flights. The changes come as more people are getting vaccinated. With the increase of vaccinations, regulations across the world are being relaxed.

According to the regulations, cruise ships are also allowed to dock at local harbours again.

Image credit: Fodors Travel Guide

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