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UUPDATE TO COVID-19 REGULATIONS – ADJUSTED LEVEL 3

On Tuesday evening, 15 June 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 and the country entering a third wave, the President outlined key measures to combat the rise in numbers.

He announced that the country will move back to adjusted alert Level 3, effective immediately.

This means the following:

  • The hours of curfew will start at 10pm and end at 4am.
  • Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 9pm. 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 50 people indoors and 100 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 and epidemiological surveillance, by expert advice and wide consultation with social partners. 

From a travel perspective, adjusted alert Level 3 will still allow for domestic, regional and international travel into and within South Africa.

This is in line with protocols and regulations previously set out by the National Department of Health and Department of Home Affairs.

The President also gave a progress update on the vaccination program, with close to two million South Africans 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.

With the local travel industry ensuring enhanced COVID-19 compliant measures, South Africa remains open for international and local visitors to explore the beauty and variety of tourism the country has to offer.

For the full speech by the President, click here

For the updated government gazette, click here

 

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