On Wednesday, 16 September 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on South Africa’s ongoing measures to manage the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through the implementation of a risk-adjusted strategy.
Ramaphosa announced that the country will move to alert level 1 as of midnight Sunday, (Monday, 21 September 2020). He also announced the opening up of international travel from 1 October 2020, subject to various containment & mitigation measures.
Further easing of restrictions:
Sale of alcohol will now be allowed from Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 05:00 pm at retailers.
Alcohol will be permitted for on-site consumptions in licensed establishments with adherence to the curfew.
The curfew hours will now apply between midnight and 4 am.
International travel will gradually & cautiously be eased from 1 October 2020, subject to various containment & mitigation measures. There will be restrictions to particular destinations (list to be released).
Only King Shaka Internationa, OR Tambo International and Cape Town International airports will be open for international flights.
Funerals will be limited to 100 people in attendance.
Outdoor events/gatherings are allowed with attendance of 500 people, and a max of 250 people for indoor gatherings (depending on space).
Gyms, Cinemas, Theatres, etc. can accommodate up to 50% of their venue’s capacity subject to social distancing & health protocols.
A limited number of border posts will remain open at South Africa’s land borders
Night vigils are still not permitted.
The national state of disaster remains in place until 15 October 2020.