President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa’s Covid-19 restrictions will be strengthened as the country moves to an adjusted level 2 lockdown from Monday (31 May).
In a national address on Sunday (30 May), the president confirmed that South Africa is moving into a third wave of Covid-19 infections. Ramaphosa said that an increase in gatherings was directly responsible for the increased transmission, with funerals and school sporting events being highlighted as particularly problematic.
The restrictions which will be introduced under the adjusted level 2 lockdown include:
• An evening curfew between 23h00 – 04h00;
• Non-essential establishments such as restaurants and bars must close at 22h00 to allow staff to travel before curfew;
• All gatherings are limited to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors;
• Where a venue is too small to accommodate these people, then no more than 50% of the venue capacity can be used;
• Funerals remain restricted to 100 people, while after-funeral gatherings remain prohibited.
• Night vigils, after- funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are not allowed.
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