COVID19:SA moves to Level 1

COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in South Africa have been relaxed to Adjusted Level 1.
President Cyril Ramaphosa in his statement on the National Effort to Contain the COVID-19 pandemic said the Level 1 was effected at 12am tonight.
Under this Level, Restaurants will be open till 11pm.
“When I announced on the 12th of September that the country would be moving to Adjusted Alert Level 2, I said that we would be reviewing the situation after two weeks.

The current trends in the progression of the pandemic mean that a number of the restrictions in place can be eased, as per the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19.

Following meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President’s Coordinating Council, Cabinet has decided to move South Africa from Adjusted Alert Level 2 to Adjusted Alert Level 1 from midnight tonight,” he said.

He explained that the curfew under Level 1 has been reviewed.

The following measures will apply as part of Alert Level 1:

– The hours of the curfew will change, from 12 midnight to 4 am.

Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 11 pm to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew.

– The maximum number of people permitted to gather indoors will increase from 250 to 750, and the maximum number of people permitted to gather outdoors will increase from 500 to 2,000.

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 maximum number of people permitted at a funeral will increase from 50 to 100. As before, night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are not allowed.

– The sale of alcohol – for both off-site and on-site consumption – will be permitted, according to normal licence provisions. However, no alcohol may be sold after 11 pm.

– The wearing of masks in public places is still mandatory, and failure to wear a mask when

required remains a criminal offence.

SA Launches Weekend Vaccination Campain

President Ramaphosa also said starting Friday, they will be vaccinating those who miss weekdays.

“While we have made important progress, and secured sufficient vaccine doses for the target population, our vaccination programme is still too slow.We have therefore decided to upscale our vaccination campaign by launching the ‘Vooma Vaccination Weekends’ campaign from tomorrow.

“The Vooma Vaccination Weekends campaign will be a countrywide drive to encourage our people to get vaccinated.

“We know that getting to a vaccination site during weekdays can be difficult for many people, especially those who work, who have to commute long distances, or have family responsibilities.

“Those who might not be able to get the vaccine during the week should take up this opportunity,” he said.
The South African President said they are targeting 500 000 people through this drive.

“Tomorrow, the 1st of October and on Saturday the 2nd of October, we will be opening vaccination sites around the country to reach over half a million people.

“The Department of Health has identified priority districts in each province based on the number of unvaccinated people and the current vaccination coverage in each district.

“This will be the first Vooma Vaccination Weekend in a series of outreach programmes.

Leaders from across the political spectrum, civil society, religious leaders, traditional leaders, labour and business will mobilise communities to stay safe by being vaccinated.

The Deputy President and I, as well as Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers, MECs, Mayors and Councillors, will also be out in communities on Friday and Saturday to encourage citizens to get vaccinated,” Ramaphosa said.
Added Ramaphosa, “The vaccination is free to everyone living in South Africa, whether you are a SouthAfrican citizen or from another country. You can go to a government or a private health facility that offers vaccinations, even if you don’t have medical aid.

You can walk into your nearest vaccination site with your ID or other proof of identity and be registered on the spot.

“The Vooma Vaccination Weekends are also an opportunity to acknowledge the immense

contribution made by our frontline health workers and health service managers – from our community health workers who have gone door-to-door encouraging people to go to vaccination sites to our staff members at the sites and outreach vehicles and in health facilities across the country.

“We also want to acknowledge the huge number of volunteers who have helped and the many initiatives by local leaders.

We must applaud the efforts that are being made by business to have their workers vaccinated. We call on all businesses to facilitate the vaccination of their workers and encourage their workers to get vaccinated.”

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