COVID-19 has deteriorated economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday evening announced that additional economic sectors would now be allowed to reopen under level 3 of the national lockdown.
Ramaphosa is currently addressing the nation on developments in the country’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19.
His address follows a number of meetings of the Cabinet, the national coronavirus command Council and the presidential coordinating council.
The industries affected would include the personal care services – which included hair salons – restaurants for sit-down meals, and conference for work purposes.
The sectors would be allowed to operate under strict measures to ensure physical distancing and personal hygiene, Ramaphosa said.
Ramaphosa said the decision by the National Coronavirus Command Council was taken with “seriousness and due care”.
He said these industries employed well over 500,000 people and government had to think about these people and their livelihoods while saving lives.
The president also announced that South Africa now had 80,412 active COVID-19 cases, with 1,674 deaths.
However, he received a criticism from DA leader John Steenhuisen claiming that the reason behind loss of jobs is because prolonged lockdown.
The President said they will inform the nation of when all the risk-adjusted regulation will start to operate, following his address on Wednesday evening.