President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced localized restrictions in an effort to curb the rise in cases of Covid-19 in some parts of the country like the Eastern Cape.
The president noted that even though tremendous progress had been taken by the country towards curbing the pandemic, a second wave was inevitable if necessary precautions were not continuously taken.
In a national address on Thursday 3 December, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that it was now clear that there was a rise in cases across the country which need to be faced directly. As of today, South Africa has exceeded 4,000 daily Coronavirus cases, and 3 areas account for most of these cases.
- Nelson Mandela Bay (Eastern Cape);
- Sarah Baartman District (Eastern Cape);
- Garden Route District (Western Cape).
The president said that the Nelson Mandela Bay is particularly problematic and that the metropole will face additional restrictions from midnight on Thursday (3 December).
In addition to the current level 1 lockdown restrictions, the following restrictions will be introduced:
- Hours of curfew will be from 22h00 – 04h00 except for essential workers and emergencies;
- The sale of alcohol will only be permitted between 10h00 and 18h00, from Monday and Thursday at retail outlets;
- Alcohol use will be banned in public places such as beaches and parks;
- All gatherings, including religious gatherings, may not be attended by more than 100 people for indoor events and 250 people for outdoor events;
- At all times the total number of people may not exceed 50% of venue capacity;
- All post-funeral gatherings are now prohibited.
President Cyril Ramaphosa also said that the Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize will visit the other provinces like Western Cape to assess whether stricter restrictions were needed to be implemented.