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Mzansi moves to lockdown level 3

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will ease lockdown regulations and move to alert level 3, as from Monday July 26.

The President also explained several measures to help poor families and businesses that were negatively affected by the civil unrest.

He confirms that stability is being achieved by the armed forces working with police in hotspots around Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

“Since I last addressed you fourteen days ago, we have been fighting a battle on two fronts – the first against the deadly coronavirus, the second against the actions of those who have sought to create instability and chaos,” he said.

Regarding the ongoing third wave, Ramaphosa said the latest figures suggest that the country has largely passed the peak of infections, although there are areas where there still a need from r concern because the rates of infection have not yet shown signs of decline.

“As infections in Gauteng fall, daily new infections in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZuluNatal continue to rise.

There has also been a concerning rise of infections in the Northern Cape after a period of relative stability.

In all these cases, infections are being driven by the Delta variant, which as we said before is far more transmissible than previous variants. Now, more than ever, we need to adhere to the basic precautions to limit the spread of the virus from one person to another,” said the president.

Regulations for level 3

According to the President, the Adjusted lockdown regulations are as follows:

The hours of curfew start at 10pm and end at 4am.

Interprovincial travel for leisure may resume.

Non-essential establishments like restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centres may be opened. These establishments will however need to close by 9pm to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew.

Gatherings will be allowed but will be limited to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people 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.

Gatherings include religious services, political events and social gatherings.

The limits on venue capacity also apply to restaurants, gyms, fitness centres, bars, taverns and similar places.

Attendance at funerals and cremations may not exceed 50 people and all social distancing and health protocols must be observed.

Night vigils and after-funeral gatherings are still not allowed.

The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Thursday.

Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 8pm.

Schools will re-open tomorrow, Monday the 26th of July, according to strict health protocols and other measures announced by the Minister of Basic Education.

“It remains mandatory for every person to wear a face mask that always covers their nose and mouth at all times when in public spaces,” Ramaphosa urged.

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