Night vigils, and ‘after-tears’ gatherings, just like before, are not permitted, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared.
In an address to the country on Tuesday night, Ramaphosa indicated that restrictions on gatherings are being substantially reviewed based on consultations and recommendations from the National Coronavirus Command Council.
He said while the country is still under Alert Level 1, restrictions on gatherings are being significantly changed.
In the past, said President Ramaphosa there were restrictions based on the minimum number of people who could attend the meeting.
As of Thursday, the President said both indoor and outdoor venues will be able to fill up to 50 percent of their capacity as long as there is proof of vaccination or a COVID test that is less than 72 hours old.
However, if there is no evidence of vaccination or testing for COVID-19, the current maximum limit remains at 1,000 indoors and 2,000 outdoors.
This adjustment in the restrictions on gatherings, according to President Ramaphosa, would boost the sporting, cultural, entertainment, and events industries in particular.
“This means that if we are vaccinated or recently tested negative we can return to stadiums and watch matches and attend music concerts, theater performances, conferences, and other activities,” said President Ramaphosa.
He further stated that only 50 percent of spectators can enter stadiums including other sports and entertainment venues.
According to the eased regulations, the maximum number of people allowed for funerals will increase from 100 to 200.
However, said President Ramaphosa there is no need to wear masks whether strolling on the street or in an open place, exercising outside, or attending an outdoor event.
“The restrictions on social distancing are also being amended, requiring a distance of one metre between people in all circumstances except schools,” President Ramaphosa noted.