President Cyril Ramaphosa last night placed the country in an adjusted level 3 lockdown in a bid to flatten the curve of covid19 infections. South Africa has already passed the 1million infections mark.
“We are at an extremely dangerous point in our fight against the pandemic.” Says the President in his address last night.
Teary-eyed, the President discouraged year end parties during this period. He said it is better to spend the New Year celebrations with those closest to us. He encouraged the nation to join him on the New Year as he lights a candle for those affected by the pandemic and for the dearly departed souls.
Let us each light a candle in memory of those who have lost their lives, in tribute to those on the frontline working to protect us, in appreciation of great sacrifices that have been made, and in the confidence that the year ahead will bring health, peace & hope to our people.
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) December 28, 2020
Some of the regulations under the adjusted level 3 lockdown:
All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days from the date hereof, except for funerals
Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people with social distancing.
Every business premises must determine the maximum number of staff and customers permitted at any one time based on our social-distancing guidelines and may not exceed that limit.
The nationwide curfew will be extended from 9pm to 6am. Apart from permitted workers and for medical and security emergencies, nobody is allowed outside their place of residence during curfew.
Non-essential establishments – including shops, restaurants, bars and all cultural venues – must close at 8pm. The list of these establishments will be released shortly.
From now on it is compulsory for every person to wear a mask in a public space. A person who does not wear a cloth mask covering over the nose and mouth in a public place will be committing an offence.
A person who does not wear a mask could be arrested and prosecuted. On conviction, they will be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both a fine and imprisonment.