President Cyril Ramaphosa says following meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President’s Coordinating Council, the cabinet has decided to move South Africa from Adjusted Alert Level 2 to Adjusted Alert Level 1 from midnight tonight.
The President announced Alert Level 2 on September 12.
“The current trends in the progression of the pandemic mean that a number of the restrictions in place can be eased, as per the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19,” says Ramaphosa.
Below are the adjusted restrictions:
- The hours of the curfew will change, from 12 midnight to 4 am.
- Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will to close by 11 pm to allow employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew.
- The maximum number of people permitted to gather indoors will increase from 250 to 750, and the maximum number of people permitted to gather outdoors will increase from 500 to 2,000.
- The maximum number of people permitted at a funeral will increase from 50 to 100. As before, night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings 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 after 11 pm.
- The wearing of masks in public places is still mandatory, and failure to wear a mask when required remains a criminal offence.