South Africa moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 as second wave subsides
Due to the progressive drop in new Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country moved Level 3 to Level 1 of the Risk Adjusted Strategy with effect from 28 February 2021. “The country has now clearly emerged from the second wave. New infections, admissions to hospital and deaths have fallen significantly and continue to decline steadily. In the week that has just passed, the country recorded just under 10 000 new infections,” Ramaphosa said, adding that in the last week of January, the country recorded over 40 000 new cases.
He outlined the easing of regulations under the more relaxed alert level. The following amended regulations remain applicable:
• All indoor and outdoor gatherings, including religious, political and cultural gatherings are permitted, subject to a maximum of 100 people for indoor gatherings and 250 people for outdoor gatherings, provided that no more than 50 percent of the outdoor venue is occupied, heeding social distancing measures as always
• Night clubs are to remain closed
• Any business premises must determine the maximum number of employees permitted on the premises to accommodate a 1,5-metre distance between employees
• Curfew hours are now 00h00 to 04h00am
• Everyone is still compelled to wear a mask in a public space. It is a criminal offence not to do so, punishable by a fine or imprisonment
• The sale of alcohol is permitted during normal licensing hours, except for during the curfew hours and
• The 33 land border posts that have been closed throughout this period will remain closed, while the other 20 will remain open. Only five airports will be open for international travel with standard infection control measures. These are: OR Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka, Kruger Mpumalanga and Lanseria airports.
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PDF CoGTA Adjusted Alert Level 1 Lockdown Regulations 44201, 28 February 2021
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