On Saturday May 29, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that tighter restrictions are on the agenda for South Africans as we enter the third wave of the pandemic. Ramaphosa made the announcement while speaking at the Ninth Northern Cape Provincial Conference.
As part of the move to Lockdown Level 2, tougher restrictions are on the agenda for South Africans, including stricter enforcement of mask wearing in public and social distancing and additional limits on gatherings, as well as an earlier curfew, according to News24.
There has also been speculation about another ‘ban on drinking alcohol’, as reported The citizen.
Details of Ramaphosa’s confirmation are expected to be discussed at a “family reunion” next week.
In the meantime, here is a summarized list of level 2 restrictions, according to ENCA.
- Night vigils
- Male and female initiation practices
- Bus and taxi services cannot carry more than 70% of the authorized capacity for long-distance travel.
- International travel
- Participation in any sporting event by spectators.
- Interprovincial travel in South Africa
- Sale of alcohol in sales and retail outlets
- Sale of tobacco products
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Beaches and parks
- Museums, galleries, libraries and archives
- Water tourism activities (whale watching from boat, scuba diving, shark cage diving, kayaking, rafting and speedboat rides)
- Zoos, aquariums, animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers
- Swimming pools
- Accommodation establishments
- Tour operators
- Theaters and cinemas
- Social events at places of residence (visits to friends and family limited to 10 visitors at a time)
- Social gatherings (funerals and weddings limited to 50 people)
- Sporting activities
- Personal care services, including hairdressing, beauty treatments, makeup and nail salons, and piercing and tattoo parlors
- Bus and taxi services can carry 100% of the authorized capacity for any trip not considered long-distance travel within the meaning of the sub-regulations.
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