President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that as of Monday, 31 May 2021, South Africa moves to Level 2 of the Lockdown – a decision which was spurred by the dramatic spike in COVID-19 infections. Ramaphosa held the much-anticipated “family meeting” on Sunday evening, announcing a series of tightened restrictions, with the aim of limiting the rate of COVID-19 transmissions in the country.
Ramaphosa announces new Level 2 Lockdown restrictions
Addressing the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the increase in cases had prompted the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to put in place stricter measures – most notably:
- Sale of alcohol still permitted under Level 2 of the lockdown – on-site sales at restaurants, shebeens and bars will be allowed until 22h00 in the evening (This is to allow staff members to make it home in time for the curfew)
- The night-time curfew has been moved to between 23:00 till 04:00
- Gatherings (including religious services, political events and social gatherings)are limited to no more than 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors.
“Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used,” Ramaphosa said.
- Funerals remain restricted to no more than 100 people -night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings remain prohibited
President Cyril Ramaphosa further stressed that wearing a mask in public remains mandatory and that failure to do so remains a criminal offence, which could earn you a fine or even a prison sentence.
“The owners and managers of public buildings, centres, shops, restaurants, taxis and buses all have a responsibility to ensure that people on their premises or in their vehicles wear masks, and that the appropriate social distancing measures are in place,” he said.