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UUPDATE TO COVID-19 REGULATIONS: ADJUSTED LEVEL 2
On Sunday evening, 30 May 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and provided an update following a National Command Council meeting. With an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in South Africa over the last two weeks, the President outlined key measures to combat the rise in numbers.
He announced that the country will moved back to Adjusted Alert Level Two with effect from today.
This means the following:
- The hours of curfew will start at 11pm and end at 4am.
- Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 10pm. This is to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew.
- All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors and 250 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. This includes religious services, political events and social gatherings, as well as restaurants, bars, taverns and similar places.
President Ramaphosa further emphasized that government’s decisions on the pandemic are guided by data on the epidemiological situation, by expert advice and wide consultation with social partners.
From a travel perspective, Adjusted Level Two still allows for international and domestic travel into and within South Africa.
This is in line with protocols and regulations previously set out by the Department of Health and Department of Home Affairs.
The President also gave an update on the vaccination progress with close to one million South African’s being vaccinated and expressing confidence in phase 2 of the vaccination program which aims to vaccinate the remaining health care workers and those over the age of 60.