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The National State of Disaster related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended until 15 December. This was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday.

During his address to the nation, the president confirmed that the UIF TERS benefit has also been extended by one month.

Other regulations that will soon be Gazetted include our international borders being opened to all countries, no matter their current COVID-19 status or whether the purpose of travel is for business or leisure.

Travelers to South Africa will be required to adhere to the strict safety protocols set out by the Disaster Management Act Regulations that are still to be published.

It is believed that the current Regulations that require international travelers to prove that they have undergone a COVID test 72 hours before their arrival in South Africa and that the result was negative, will still be in effect.

The trading hours of alcohol sales will return to normal.

This is a big relief for the alcohol industry as it is an industry that has been hit hard by the nationwide lockdown, and the Regulations implemented by the Government as part of its attempt to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Watch the SABC News video below of the president’s address regarding the Regulations around lockdown Alert Level 1.

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