Last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to provide an update on government’s risk adjustment strategy to contain the spread of the the coronavirus and he also announced the further easing of some level 1 restrictions.
Here’s what you need to know about last speech:
International traveling is now allowed to all countries, provided they have tested negative for COVID-19.
Retail stores were only permitted to sell alcohol from Monday to Friday, between 09:00 and 17:00. The President stated that normal retail hours will apply for alcohol sales, which means customers are now able to purchase alcohol on weekends and public holidays.
State of disaster extension
Even though international traveling and alcohol sales restrictions have been ease, the National State of Disaster has been extended for another month until the 15th of December, and the curfew is still in place.
Moment of silence
From the 25th – 29th November, the country will go into mass mourning for all the lives lost due to two pandemics; COVID -19 and gender based violence (GBV). The President urged all South Africans to wear black wristbands in remembrance of all lives lost during this difficult time.
UIF and TERS extended
The government is extending that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) would also be extended by another month.
COVID-19 safety measures
The President raised some concerns about the rising cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks. The Eastern Cape has seen the most rise in cases and the President pleads with everyone to continue adhering to the strict COVID-19 protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.