Ramaphosa relaxes Level 3 lockdown regulations

President Cyril Ramaphosa: File Pic: GCIS

President Ramaphosa has relaxed a number of level 3 lockdown regulations subject to health protocols including amending curfew hours from 11pm to 4am.

Addressing the nation on Monday, President Ramaphosa said the sale of alcohol will now be permitted for off-sale from Monday and Thursday until 6pm.

The sale of alcohol by licensed establishments including taverns will be permitted between from 10am until 10pm.

Ramaphosa said public places such as beaches, rivers, public swimming pools, parks will be reopened in accordance with health regulations.

The resumption of faith-based gathering is allowed.

The gathering may not exceed 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

“If the venue is too small to accommodate stipulated number, congregants must adhere to social distance protocol and no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be allowed.”

Level 3 lockdown relaxations follows the decline in COVID-19 transmission since December last year and hours before South Africa received its batch of 1 million COVID-19 vaccines from India.

The President indicated that the average number of daily infections has almost halved, while hospitals admission has dropped, adding that the number of transmissions in the country is still high.

Ramaphosa dismissed the allegations as false that all citizen will be forced to take the vaccine.

“Nobody will be compelled to take the vaccine. Nobody will be forbidden to travel anywhere or taking part in any activity if they have not been vaccinated,” added Ramaphosa.

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