Lockdown restrictions tightened for the Festive Season
The President of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced new regulations pertaining to the Alert Level 1 lockdown. In amidst the second wave of COVID-19 lashing South Africa, it is very unfortunate to see the complacency and ignorance (in some instances arrogance) impacting on the population and its communities, impacting on an already strained and tired medical services fraternity. As of midnight, on Monday, 14 December 2020, the following additional regulations are applicable:
• The Garden Route and Sarah Baartman municipalities have been added to the hotspot area list which already included Nelson Mandela Bay municipality
• Beaches in the Eastern Cape as well as along the Garden Route will be closed from 16 December 2020 to 3 January 2021
• Beaches in Kwazulu-Natal will be closed on 16, 25 and 26 December as well as 1 to 3 January 2021
• Beaches that remain open may only be visited between 09h00 and 18h00
• Retailers may only sell alcohol from Mondays to Thursdays from 10h00 to 18h00 but wine farms may continue to offer tastings over weekends
• Alcohol may not be consumed in public places except on licensed premises
• The curfew has been extended to between 23h00 and 04h00
• Restaurants and bars are to close at 22h00
• Gatherings are limited to 100 people for indoor events and 250 people for outdoor events
• The total number of people inside a building may not exceed 50 percent of the capacity of the building and
• All post-funeral gatherings are prohibited.
All previous regulations in relation to occupational health and safety and social distancing remain intact.
The importance of mindful sanitation and observing social distancing in now more important than ever to ensure our families, colleagues and friends stay safe.
The FRI offices will be closed from Monday, 21 December 2020 and reopen on Wednesday, 6 January 2020. Our last FRI Newsletter for 2020 will be published on Thursday, 24 December 2020. We trust you still enjoy the read!
Please send in your Christmas photos of your fire stations and engines if decorated. We would love to see cheer and happiness being spread during these rather unprecedented times. Videos welcome via YouTube links or WhatsApp: 082 371 0190!
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