South Africans are excited tonight after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced alert level 1 of the national lockdown effective from Monday, 21 September. This also comes after several meetings the president had prior the announcement.
Ramaphosa outlined the social and economic relief measures to combat the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Over R30 billion has been paid to more than 16 million individuals through the special grant and grant top-ups.
The UIF benefit has been extended until the end of the national state of disaster and more than R70 billion in tax relief has been provided to companies and individuals.
Several restrictions will be eased during the alert level 1.
The curfew will be eased from midnight to 4:00 am
The number of people allowed in a retail store, restaurant, cinema or other public space remains limited to 50% of its normal capacity. Gatherings may not exceed 50% of the venue’s capacity, with a maximum limit of 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors.
Maximum of 100 people may gather at funerals and night vigils are still not permitted.
Travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that are of high risk from 1 October. Only King Shaka International, OR Tambo International and Cape Town International airports will open for international flights. A limited number of border posts will remain open.
Sale of alcohol at retail outlets will be permitted from Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 17:00. Alcohol will be permitted for on-site consumption on licensed establishments.
Ramaphosa advised all South Africans to always sanitize and wash hands, wearing of masks, practicing social distancing and download the Covid Alert South Africa app on Google Play Store and Apple Store.
“As we settle into a new normal and learn to live alongside the virus, we must continue to exercise every possible precaution to avoid infecting others. This is how we are going to ourselves safe and keep our economy open,” Ramaphosa said in his address.
By Bongekile Khumalo