President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will remain on lockdown alert level 1. The following restrictions will remain in place;
- Gatherings will continue to be restricted to 750 people indoors and 2000 outdoors.
- Where a venue is too small to accommodate these people, then no more than 50% of the venue capacity can be used.
- The curfew will remain in place from 00:00-04:00
- Non essential establishments must close by 23:00.
- Funerals and cremations will be permitted but with a maximum of 100 people. Night vigils are not allowed
- The sale of alcohol – for both off-site and on-site consumption – will be permitted, according to normal licence provisions. However, no alcohol may be sold during curfew hours.
- It remains mandatory for every person to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times when in public spaces.
It is a criminal offense not to do so.
- These restrictions will be reviewed in a week and government will decide whether changes need to be made.
The President has announced that government has set up a task team that will undertake broad consultations on making vaccination mandatory for specific activities and locations and is looking at booster vaccines for those at greater risk of contracting Covid-19 as he calls on all South Africans to get vaccinated.
President Ramaphosa also expressed deep disappointment at the travel bans imposed on South Africa and its Southern African sister countries by the UK, US, EU and others.