The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa last night announced that South Africa would be moving to Level 1 Lockdown. This, as a result of the improvements made in the fight against the COVID-19 virus, which has up to today claimed 15 705 lives and infected 653 444 people in the country.
New infections recorded are 1 923 whilst new deaths are 64
Summary Level 1 Regulations:
- A maximum of 250 people can attend indoor gatherings, with up to 500 allowed at outdoor gatherings
- No venue or facility can host more than 50% of its capacity
- Gyms and theatres are allowed to accommodate 50% of their capacity
- Restrictions on crowds at sporting events remains in place
- International travel will be allowed from 1 October – but it will be subject to several restrictions
- Curfew hours have changed to 00:00 – 4:00.
- Alcohol from the liquor store for home consumption will now be sold from Monday to Fridays
Whilst the President moved the country to near normality, he still cautioned South Africans to exercise caution so that the country does not lose the gains it has made in the fight against the virus. With this in mind, the wearing of masks in public places is still compulsory. So is social distancing. The washing of hands and sanitisation is encouraged.
** 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