South Africa Moves To Lockdown Level 1

South Africa will go to level 1 lockdown with immediate effect, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday night.

“The country has now clearly passed the second wave,“ Ramaphosa said. He credited the public health measures and changes in behaviour by the public for the decline in infections.

Warning that the easing of restrictions will have to be done cautiously,

This means that the hours of curfew changes to midnight to 4 am and public gatherings – including social political and religious – are once again permitted but restricted to 100 people for indoor gatherings and 250 for outdoor events – where the venue allows.

Gathering after funerals, commonly known as “after tears”, are still not permitted, the president said.

Alcohol sales both for on and off site consumption, will be permitted during normal pre-lockdown trading hours, providing that this is outside the curfew hours.

The land borders that have been closed during the lockdown will remain so, and only five airports will be open for international flights.

Ramaphosa warned that the wearing of masks remains compulsory.

The president also gave a nod to the country’s scientific community, which has been on the frontline of the research being conducted.

“South Africa’s scientists and researchers have made an important contribution to the global knowledge of the virus,“ Ramaphosa said.

More than 1.5 million people have been infected by Covid-19 and nearly 50 000 have died from complications due to the virus.

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