President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved South Africa to Level 1 Lockdown and announced relaxed restrictions. Meanwhile, South Africa recorded 1 168 new COVID cases and 52 deaths.
Eased Level 1 Lockdown restrictions include the following:
- Curfew hours from 12 midnight to 4am
- Gatherings of up to 100 people indoors or 250 people outdoors are now permitted. But they have to adhere to strict social distancing and other health protocols
- Night vigils or other gathering s before or after funerals are still not permitted
- Nightclubs will remain closed
- The sale of alcohol is permitted, according to normal licence provisions. However, no alcohol may be sold during curfew hours
- The wearing of masks in public places is still mandatory, and failure to do so remains a criminal offence
- The 33 land border posts that have been closed throughout this period will remain closed, while the other 20 will remain open.
- Only five airports will be open for international travel with standard infection control.
These are OR Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka, Kruger Mpumalanga and Lanseria airports.
The President cautioned South Africans against letting their guard down.
“The new variant – known as 501Y.v2 – is now the dominant v ariant in the country. Because the new variant is transmitted more easily, it has the potential to infect more people, place a greater strain on our health system and lead to a greater loss of life. ”
Therefore, social distancing is even more critical and w earing a mask and avoiding crowds is even more important.
** If you think you have been exposed to the COVID-19, please call the government’s 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit https://sacoronavirus.co.za/ for more information.