NATIONAL NEWS - Moving to Alert Level 1 lockdown as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday 28 February means freer movement for all citizens and resumption of most normal activities.
Ramaphosa warned that the public should not let their guard down.
"As we ease restrictions, we cannot let our guard down. The few remaining restrictions under Alert Level 1 are meant to maintain low levels of infections and, in particular, to prevent super-spreading events."
In the amended regulations, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma makes it compulsory for district municipalities to alert local councils of any increase in the number of Covid-19 infections that could lead to districts being declared a hotspot.
The amended regulations gazetted under Alert Level 1 include the following:
- Masks are mandatory in public and workplaces.
- New curfew hours are from midnight to 04:00.
- All Covid-19 health and social distancing protocols remain mandatory.
- Night clubs are still closed.
- Alcohol sales are permitted as normal. No sales are allowed during curfew.
- Indoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of venue capacity up to a maximum of 100 people.
- Outdoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of venue capacity up to a maximum of 250 people.
- Customers and employees in businesses may not exceed 50% of floor space.
- Funerals are limited to 100 people or less. No night vigils or after-funeral gatherings are allowed.
- Closing time of 23:00 for establishments (indoors and outdoors) such as restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums, public swimming pools, beaches, public parks, gyms, and venues hosting gatherings.
- Hospitality facilities such as hotels and guest houses are allowed full capacity of the available rooms for accommodation, with patrons observing social distancing.
- Long-distance bus and taxi services - maximum 70% of licensed capacity load for long-distance travel (200km or more); 100% capacity load for shorter distances.
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