President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Lockdown Level 4 will be extended for a further two weeks until 25 July 2021. However; the President has made adjustments, easing a few restrictions while the rest remains the same as before.
Here are the adjusted restrictions:
· Restaurants and eateries will be able to operate while observing strict health protocols. Such establishments may not accommodate more than 50 people at a time or, for smaller venues, more than 50% of their normal capacity.
· Certain other venues, such as gyms and fitness centres, may also open and activities such as agricultural livestock and game auctions will be allowed, subject to the conditions outlined in regulations.
The following restrictions remain intact:
· All social, political, religious and other gatherings are not allowed.
· The curfew is from 9pm until 4am. Only those with permission to do so may leave their homes during this time.
· All non-essential establishments will need to close by 8pm.
· Visits to old age homes, care facilities and other ‘congregant settings’ are restricted.
· The sale of alcohol for on-site and off-site consumption is prohibited.
· Inter-provincial travel to Gauteng is prohibited for leisure purposes, and will only be allowed for work, business, transit through airports, transport of goods, funerals or to return home.
· Travelling to other provinces will be allowed.
· You can still go to work, unless you are able to work remotely.
· All employers should allow their employees to work from home, unless it is absolutely necessary for them to work on-site.
· Outside of work, you should only meet with members of your household.
· Schools will remain closed until the 26 July 2021.
· Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 50 people, while night vigils and post-funeral gatherings will not be allowed.
· Public spaces, such as: beaches and parks, will remain open.
· All retail stores will remain open.
· Factories, mines, farms and other businesses will continue to operate.
· Wearing your mask (covering your nose and mouth) in public is mandatory and will be considered an offense if not adhered to.
· Sanitise/wash your hands with soap regularly; social distance 1.5 metres from others.
· Avoid crowded or closed spaces.
At the moment: healthcare workers, those over the age of 50, the basic education sector, police and other security personnel are eligible to be vaccinated.
Those over the age of 35 will be able to register to be vaccinated from 15 July 2021. The government are aiming to start vaccinating this age group from 1 August 2021. Read the President’s full speech by clicking here.