SA’s COVID restrictions relaxed

SOUTH Africa has eased lockdown restrictions going to an adjusted Level 2 starting September 13, 2021, tomorrow.
The country tweaks its restrictions as it has been witnessing a decline in cases over the past two weeks.
This was said by SA President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday on a televised update on the country’s COVID-19 response.

“We said then that the third wave would be more severe and last longer than the previous two waves, and that has proven to be correct.

“While the third wave is not yet over, we have seen a sustained decline in infections across the country over the last few weeks.

“The average number of daily new infections over the last week is 29 per cent lower than the preceding 7 days, and 48 per cent lower than the 7 days before that,” he said.

Added the SA President, “While the third wave peaked in Gauteng far earlier and declined far faster than in other provinces, there is now a marked decline across all provinces.

“The two provinces that stand out from the others are the Northern Cape and Free State, where the number of infections as a proportion of the population has remained relatively high for several months.

“We are therefore focusing our efforts on these provinces to understand what is driving these infections and what measures we need to take to bring them down.”

Witnessing the drop in cases, discussions with faith based organisations, traditional leaders, Premieres, Mayors as well as the National COVID-19 Command Council were done

“Based on these discussions, Cabinet has therefore decided that the country should be moved from Adjusted Alert Level 3 and placed on Adjusted Alert Level 2 with effect from tomorrow, Monday, the 13th of September 2021,” Ramaphosa said explaining. “This means that:

− The hours of curfew will now 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 250 people indoors and 500 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.

– The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

– Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 10pm.

Alcohol consumption remains prohibited in public spaces.

These measures will be reviewed in two weeks time depending on the state of the pandemic.”

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