In a national address on Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will be moving to level 2 lockdown as the third wave of Covid-19 infections declined in most provinces, the exceptions being the Northern Cape and the Free State.
With the level 2 lockdown, restrictions will be eased in the following areas:
- The hours of curfew will now run from 23h00 – 04h00. Non-essential establishments such as bars and gyms will need to close at 22h00 to give staff to get home.
- All gatherings will now be limited to 250 people indoors, while outdoor gatherings will be limited to 500 people. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these amounts of people, then no more than 50% of the floor space may be used.
- The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will now be permitted from 10h00 – 18h00 from Monday-Friday. On-site consumption will be subject to licensing permissions until 22h00.
- Funerals remain restricted to no more than 50 people, and, as before, night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are not allowed.
President Rampahosa said that these restrictions will be reviewed in two weeks. He also warned that existing regulations will remain in place – including the compulsory wearing of masks, social distancing and a ban on after-funeral gatherings.
He also urged South Africans to get vaccinated, stating that once everyone is vaccinated, lockdown might be eased completely and a fourth wave can be prevented.
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