This evening President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation with regard to COVID-19 in South Africa. As has become an all too familiar event, he focused on the efforts that must be made in order to limit the spread of the virus in the country, with a third wave of infections now seeing a surge in both new cases and fatalities over the past two weeks. It has therefore been decided to move the country to alert level 3 lockdown starting at midnight this evening.
The change in lockdown level brings with it tighter restrictions in terms of regulations.
These include the curfew now changing to 22:00 in the evening until 04:00 in the morning. Added to this, the sale of alcohol for offsite consumption will only be allowed between 10:00 in the morning until 16:00 in the afternoon from Monday to Thursday.
Restaurants and business are also told that they will need to close their doors to patrons by 21:00 in the evening in order to allow their employees sufficient time to travel home before the aforementioned curfew kicks in.
As for gatherings, they are still allowed under alert level 3 lockdown, but restrictions have been placed in terms of numbers, with no more than 50 people permitted for indoor events and no more than 100 people permitted for outdoor events.
The president emphasised that the wearing of masks is still mandatory when heading outside the confines of your home.
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With tomorrow originally intended to be a celebration of Youth Day, as well as a much needed mid-week break for many who have been put through the wringer over the past month, we’ll now be waking up to tighter lockdown restrictions.
It therefore places more pressure on the National Department of Health to ramp up its COVID-19 vaccine rollout efforts, which have hit several stumbling blocks in recent weeks.
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