by Taati Niilenge
Restaurant owners, arts and craft vendors, boat operators and residents of Walvis Bay were smiling this morning, as they could finally operate and enjoy meals with friends and family.
Places like the Walvis Bay waterfront, which looked like a ghost town for the past three months, was busy today as locals were looking for their favourite meals.
Some customers said they especially looked forward to sitting at restaurants situated near the water again. Others said they have missed enjoying drinks with family and friends, as sitting at home alone or ordering food was not fun.
Restaurant staff already started preparing yesterday, as soon as president Hage Geingob announced that customers could have sit-down meals at restaurants again. Some restaurants where still preparing meals this afternoon, while eager customers waited for doors to open.
Boat operators at the Walvis Bay waterfront were cleaning their vessels, in case locals decide to go for dolphin tours. Despite the fact that they are only supposed to transport ten people per trip, some say it is better than nothing. Others, however, say it will still be a bit stressful, as they have to use fuel on tours with only ten people, and that they have already suffered a lot financially.
Some decided to have after-lockdown specials for locals to afford, and to boost their businesses, so that their workers can be paid.
Arts and craft vendors at the waterfront also opened their stalls today, and said they are hopeful a few locals might buy something, as their families have been starving for the past three months.