South Africa moves to adjusted level 2 lockdown from Monday. President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Sunday. This means that the national curfew will start at 11 pm and end at 4 am.
All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 250 people indoors, as well as 500 people outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used.
Ramaphosa has reiterated that funerals are still restricted to 50 people. Night vigils, after-funeral gatherings, and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are not allowed.
The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10 am and 6 pm from Monday to Friday.
In other news – President Ramaphosa urges South Africans to vaccinate so the country can return to normality
President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday night the Covid-19 vaccines were the most potent weapon to fight the pandemic. Speaking during the “family meeting”, Ramaphosa said if many people were not vaccinated they remain vulnerable to infection and the chance of new and more dangerous variants emerging becomes greater.
That is why vaccines are currently the most potent weapon we have to fight this pandemic,” he said. Learn more