President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that several of South Africa’s lockdown regulations will be eased as the country moves to an adjusted level 3 lockdown with immediate effect.
As the cases decrease, Ramaphosa said that the country will move to an adjusted lockdown level 3, with restrictions to be eased in the following areas:
- The evening curfew will remain in place from 22h00 – 04h00.
- Interprovincial travel can resume.
- Non-essential establishments, such as restaurants, gyms and fitness centres, can operate but must close by 21h00.
- The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10h00 and 21h00 from Monday to Thursday. Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 20h00.
- Gatherings are allowed but are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. Only 50 people are allowed to attend funerals.
- Schools will be allowed to reopen as of Monday (26 July).
These changes will come into effect as soon as they are gazetted later on Sunday evening. “In other words, they are with immediate effect,” Ramaphosa stated.
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