Curfew restrictions remain in place as SA heads into Easter weekend

With Easter weekend and Good Friday celebrations ahead, President Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Tuesday to announce preventative measures to restrict a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

President Ramaphosa said “we are not yet ready to return to normal lives,” particularly during the Easter period. He announced that South Africa will remain in alert level 1 with minor adjustments.

Here’s what you need to know.

Curfew restrictions under Lockdown Level 2

Curfew protocols for April 2021

Thankfully, stricter curfew protocols weren’t put in place. President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will be banned over the Easter weekend.

During his “family meeting” on Tuesday, 30 March 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the current curfew times will remain as previously communicated: That is from 00:00 until 4:00.

President Ramaphosa explained that some measure will remain unchanged:

“Unchanged restrictions include a curfew from midnight until 4 am. Beaches will remain open, funerals remain restricted to the maximum of 100, interprovincial travel remains open COVID-19”

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Blast from the past

The current curfew restrictions were announced on Sunday, 28 February 2021, when Ramaphosa announced curfew restrictions would be shortened to coincide with eased restrictions for alcohol sales at the time.

The president confirmed at the time that essential workers must be equipped with a permit, however, no one else would be allowed to leave their homes between midnight and 4:00.

In addition, bars and restaurants were instructed to close their doors by 23:00, in order to allow customers and staff to return home before the curfew comes into effect. Nightclubs will remain closed.

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Presh JM Reporter

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