Article by: Natalie Müller
On Saturday 15 August, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation, with the intention of announcing that the country would be officially moving to Level 2 alert of lockdown as of 00:00 (Midnight) on Monday 17 August 2020.
Following the announcement made by the President on Saturday, Minister of Cogta Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma held a media briefing this afternoon on COVID-19 level 2 lockdown regulations.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stressed that while government continues to ease lockdown restrictions, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is urging the public to be vigilant and stick to the necessary health protocols.
While people will be able to buy alcohol and drink at restaurants, bars or shebeens, the doors of nightclubs will remain closed to the public under level 2 of the lockdown and it’s important to keep the curfew especially because we are opening alcohol. The curfew is a temporary measure; said Dlamini Zuma.
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: we must protect each other. When we have been drinking and going back home, let’s not get behind the wheel. Don’t drink and drive. Drink responsibly #COVID19— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) August 17, 2020
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: Even though we have eased restrictions, the risk is also increasing for it is people who move the virus. We must with vigilant defeat the virus together #COVID19— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) August 17, 2020
The COGTA minster announced that under level 2 Social events at places of residence will now be permitted. These visits include visits to friends and family under the condition that there are no more than 10 visitors at a time.
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: we have also opened gyms and fitness Centres. They are permitted to operate business with a maximum of 50 people and subject to strict hygiene & health protocols.
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: Social gatherings such as funeral & weddings are permitted as long as there are no more than 50 people gathered. The health protocols must be observed #COVID19— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) August 17, 2020
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: the night vigils are still not permitted. Funerals are still limited to 50 people wearing masks, washing hands & social distancing #COVID19— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) August 17, 2020
Dlamini-Zuma also confirmed that the resumption of water based activities in certain categories of tourism…eg boat based, whale watching, shark cage diving & river rafting are also opened subject to the adherence of stringent health protocols.
South Africa has been confirmed as one of the African countries to be highly affected by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic m, which is a 2019 disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
On the 5th of March 2020, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize confirmed the spread of the virus to South Africa, with the first known patient being a male citizen who tested positive upon his return from Italy.
On the 15th of March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa put the country on a 21 day lockdown period; by declaring a National State of Disaster and imposed immediate travel restrictions as safety measure against the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
It has been 5months since South Africa has been placed under lockdown.
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