South Africa has moved to Adjusted Alert Level 2 lockdown.
President Ramaphosa announced this in an address to the nation last night on South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
The president declared that, while the third wave is not yet over, South Africa recorded a sustained decline in infections over the last few weeks.
“The average number of daily new infections over the last week is 29 per cent lower than the preceding 7 days, and 48 per cent lower than the 7 days before that”, he said.
Based on the decline of infections across all provinces, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 recommended an easing of restrictions on the movement of people and gatherings.
Adjustments to restrictions include:
• Curfew in place from 11pm until 4am;
• Non-essential establishments such as restaurants, bars and fitness centres to close by 10pm to allow employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew;
• All gatherings to be limited to a maximum of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors – no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue to be used if too small to accommodate the adjusted numbers with appropriate social distancing;
• Sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Friday; and
• Alcohol sales for on-site consumption permitted as per licence conditions up to 10pm.
The president pointed out that the measures will be reviewed in two weeks relative to the state of the pandemic.
Measures that remain in place include the mandatory wearing of face masks in public, funerals restricted to no more than 50 people and night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are not allowed.
The president highlighted the need to vaccinate South Africa’s population to protect as many people as possible from severe illness or death before any resurgence of infections.
“The more people that get vaccinated before December, the less likely it is that we will experience a devastating fourth wave over the holiday period”, he said.