Following the address to the nation by President Cyril Ramaphosa this past weekend, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) held a briefing on Monday, 17 August 2020 to give detailed info on the regulations relating to COVID-19 Level 2 restrictions.
Under the level-2 lockdown which is set to kickstart from midnight tonight (Monday, 17 August 2020), people will now be able to buy alcohol, cigarettes, go to gyms, and to travel to any province in the country.
See below the Level-2 regulations:
Weddings and Social events
Weddings are limited to 50 people. Social event at a place of residence is limited to 10 visitors or less.
Gyms, Beaches, and Parks
Fitness centers, Gyms, Sports grounds, Swimming pools, beaches, public parks, museums galleries, libraries, are allowed to re-open and limited to 50 people or less.
Night clubs remain closed to the public.
Restaurants, Bars and shebeens
However, Bars, restaurants, shebeens are allowed to open – limited to 50 people and subject to strict adherence to the 10pm curfew.
Hair/Nail salons, tattoo parlors are allowed to operate with a limitation of 50 people or less.
Visits to Centres
Visits to correctional centers, detention facilities, police holding cells, military detention facilities, older people’s residential facilities, health establishments, are prohibited (except to receive treatment or medication).
Male and female initiation practices are not allowed.
Borders and traveling
Leisure travel between provinces is permitted. All borders remain closed except for designated ports of entry for the transportation of fuel, cargo, and goods. International air travel for leisure is not allowed.
The curfew remains in place from 10pm to 4am except for essential workers.
Bus and taxi services not allowed to load more than 70% capacity for long-distance travel. However, they are allowed to carry 100% capacity for any trip not regarded as long distance. Public transport owners may not allow members of the public not wearing a face mask to catch a ride.
Alcohol and Cigarettes
Sale of alcohol by licensed premises (liquor stores) is allowed from 9am to 5pm from Mondays to Thursdays (not allowed on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays).
However, you are able to buy alcohol at a restaurant, bar over the weekend for on-site consumption – subject to strict adherence to the 10pm curfew.
Sale of cigarettes and tobacco products is allowed.
Hotels and accommodation
Accommodation facilities (Hotels, Lodges, B&Bs, resorts, and Guest Houses) are allowed to operate even for leisure services.
The wearing of face masks in public is mandatory.
Workplaces with more than 100 employees working as a group on the same floor must make provision for minimizing the number of employees at the workplace.
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