Following his last address announcing level-2 lockdown, today Ramaphosa announced that the country will move to lockdown level 3 with a new curfew from 10pm to 4am.
Here’s a quick round-up of Ramaphosa’s address and new regulations:
– New curfew from 10pm until 4am. Non-essential establishments will now be expected to close by 9pm.
– All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.
– Night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after tears gatherings are not allowed.
– The sale of alcohol from retail outlets (liquor stores) will only be permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Thursday. This excludes public holidays.
– Alcohol sales for on-site consumption (at bars, restaurants and establishments) will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 9pm.
– 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.
Touching on the vaccination on-going programme:
– Johnson & Johnson vaccine appeared to be the best option for our country as it protects against the variant, because it requires only a single dose and is easier to store and transport. However, the supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccines was held up by an investigation into the contamination of ingredients at a supplier factory in Baltimore in the United States.
– As part of Phase Two, a further 1.5 million health workers and people over the age of 60 have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. This brings the total number of people who have received a vaccine dose to almost 2 million.
– We are now vaccinating around 80,000 people a day at over 570 sites in the public and private sector.
– 480,000 health workers have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to date as part of Phase One of the programme.