Due to the rapidly increasing Covid19 cases in South Africa, last night President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would be moving from Level 1 to an advanced Level 3 of the national lockdown.
This comes after South Africa’s Covid19 cases surpassed the 1 million mark. The festive season has contributed a lot to the rise in infections and possibly in the viruses new variant that has been detected in some provinces.
Restrictions that come with the Level 3 lockdown include a ban on alcohol sales at retail outlets, no onsite consumption of alcohol will be allowed and no consumption of alcohol in public places will be permitted. Furthermore, the national curfew has been extended to 9pm – 6am, non-essential establishments such as bars and restaurants must close at 8pm, and wearing a mask properly in public is mandatory for everyone.
The President also announced that social gatherings are not allowed with the exception to funerals which should only have a maximum of 50 people in attendance.
To close his emotional address, the President also urged South African’s to join him at midnight on New Years eve to light a candle in remembrance of all the lives we’ve lost to this pandemic.
Stay home. Stay safe.
For further Covid19 updates visit www.nicd.ac.za
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