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UUPDATE TO COVID-19 REGULATIONS – LEVEL 2

SUMMARY OF PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Sunday, 12 September, said South Africa had largely passed the peak of the 3rd wave and as a result moved the country to adjusted alert level 2, in accordance with the country’s risk adjusted strategy. Motivated by a decline in the daily infection rates, the move to adjusted alert level 2 takes place from Monday, 13 September 2021 

The following adjustments have been made:  

  • The amount of people permitted for gatherings has been increased to 250 people for indoor and 500 people for outdoor gatherings.
  • The times of curfew have been adjusted to between 23h00 – 04h00, daily. All non-essential establishments need to close by 22h00 to allow staff to travel home.
  • The sale of alcohol is now permitted from 10h00 until 18h00 from Monday to Friday for off-site sales. Licensed establishments may sell alcohol on-site as per license conditions

South Africa’s borders remain open for business and leisure travel.

South African Tourism Acting CEO, Sthembiso Dlamini, sees the increase of gatherings as a boost for the recovering tourism sector.

“The fact that we can now have up to 500 people attending outdoor events and 250 people attending indoor events, is a significant step for the Business Events industry to push for more physical meetings and conferences,” said Dlamini.

“Having more people attending conferences and meetings creates the economic wheel we so desperately need to resurrect our sector as this will speak to movement of people. The bigger the event, the more people benefit.”

“In addition to this, we have world class COVID-19 safety protocols drawn up by the industry which should give all those wanting to do their business events enough confidence to proceed,” added Dlamini.

The President also gave an update on the vaccination program while encouraging those who still need to vaccinate to do so, as this will allow the country to relax restrictions in future and allow for attendance of music and sport events.  

Currently 14,6 million vaccines have been administered in South Africa with over seven million people living in South Africa fully vaccinated.

Currently, around 1 million doses are administered every four to five days.

He also added that South Africans will get to know more about a possible vaccine passport in about two weeks’ time where further details will be provided.

For the full speech by the President, click here

 

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