Watch live stream: Ramaphosa addresses the nation on Monday 1 Feb

With the Presidency having announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa will host South Africa’s latest “family meeting” on Monday 1 February 2021, the nation is eagerly anticipating that some of the more severe restrictions implemented under Level 3 lockdown will be lifted.

We’ll find out exactly what the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), Cabinet, and other government bodies have decided in recent meetings over the past few days when Ramaphosa addresses the nation at 20:00.

Watch: President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation (live stream)

SA moving to Level 2 Lockdown?

What can we expect from the address this evening? The loudest calls for restriction relaxation have come from the alcohol and restaurant industries, who have been crippled by the decisions to temporarily suspend the sale of booze to ensure that trauma units aren’t inundated by alcohol related injuries while they try to free up bed spaces for those afflicted by COVID-19’s more severe symptoms.

Talk has been rife over the last week that government has finally seen fit to relax the outright prohibition on the sale of booze, and the industry is hesitantly optimistic that they will soon be able to resume sales, even if that means trading hours and days in which these sales are permitted are still restricted to a certain extent.

Reports have also suggested that the following will also be amended, with many speculating that a shift to Level 2 is imminent:

  • Curfew hours are up for discussion, as the pressure to ease the nightly shutdown increases.
  • As proved to be a major sticking point this weekend, it’s likely that beaches will reopen in certain areas.
  • Alongside this, the list of ‘hot-spot regions’ is also likely to be revised.

You can read up on what South Africa’s Level 2 lockdown looked like the last time we were subjected to it here. The country only experienced the Level 2 regulations for 33 days, which was the shortest run for a lockdown level since the phased approach was implemented in June 2020.


Presh JM Reporter

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