South Africa is to remain on Alert Level 1 with a few adjustments for the upcoming Easter weekend.
President Ramaphosa announced this during an address to the nation last night on developments in the country’s response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
Measures to remain unchanged include:
• Curfew to remain from midnight to 4am;
• Public recreational spaces such as beaches, parks and dams will remain open;
• Funerals remain restricted to a maximum of 100 people and with a two-hour limit on services; and
• Interprovincial travel will still be permitted.
Restrictions over the Easter weekend include:
• Sale of alcohol for off-site consumption to be prohibited on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday;
• On-site sales at restaurants, shebeens and bars to be allowed, according to licensing conditions, up until 23:00; and
• Religious and other gatherings to be restricted to a total number of 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors – Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used.
As regards the vaccination programme, the president pointed out that Phase 1 is on track to be completed within three months.
Over 250,000 health workers have to date received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as part of the Sisonke trial.
The president confirmed that 11 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been secured with a further 20 million doses in the pipeline.
20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine that requires two doses are also being secured.
According to the president, further announcements will be made once the negotiations have been concluded.
Phase 2 is set to commence in mid-May and last for six months.
“In line with international best practice, we will be prioritising those at the highest risk of hospitalisation and death, such as people over 60 and people living with co-morbidities”, he said.