Lockdown extension and curfew changes
“Based on the recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), Cabinet has decided to maintain the country on adjusted level 3 lockdown,” Ramaphosa said.
Most of the existing restrictions will remain in place, and most gatherings – including social gatherings – will not be permitted.
The hours of curfew have been changed and the national curfew will now begin at 21:00 and end at 05:00, Ramaphosa said.
The sale of alcohol from retail outlets and the on-site consumption of alcohol is still not permitted to alleviate the strain on national hospitals.
“Health services in several parts of the country reported that the prohibition of alcohol sales has significantly reduced the number of trauma cases over the New Year’s period,” Ramaphosa said.
All beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks, lagoons, and swimming pools in hotspots will remain closed.
One important change is that the 20 land ports that are currently open for entry will be closed, with certain exceptions that will be detailed further in regulations.
These changes are summarised below:
- National curfew will now be in place from 21:00 until 05:00 every day.
- Ban on alcohol sales will remain in place.
- Funerals will be limited to 50 people and will require compliance with social distancing and other health guidelines.
- Land ports will be closed for entry, with certain exceptions.
Level 3 lockdown measures will remain in place until the rate of transmission has fallen sufficiently to warrant relaxing restrictions, Ramaphosa said.
He added that the NCCC would determine a plan for the return of learners to schools in the coming days.