WELCOME TO LEVEL 1 LOCKDOWN
South Africa has finally been given the go ahead by Cabinet to move to Alert Level 1 lockdown from midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020.
While it might seem like we're slowly but surely going back to pre-pandemic days, there are still a few rules and regulations to keep in mind to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and a possible second wave.
Here's a summary of what you can expect.
International travel – During his address to the nation last night, president Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the importance of tourism on our country’s economy.
"The tourism sector is one of our greatest economic drivers. We are ready to open our doors again to the world, and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence."
Travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel will be allowed from 1 October 2020.
Masks – you still have to wear them whenever you're in public, and you can still be fined or imprisoned for not wearing something to cover both your mouth and nose.
Curfew – while it has been extended by two hours, it is still in place. The new level 1 curfew will apply between midnight and 04:00.
Government will return to full operation – this means that public servants will be informed by the Department of Public Service and Administration to return to full operation without undue delay.
Alcohol sales – the sale of alcohol at retail outlets for home consumption is permitted from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00. Keeping in mind the curfew, alcohol will be permitted for on-site consumption in licensed establishments only.
Gatherings – for indoor gatherings, 250 people will be allowed, while 500 people will be allowed for outdoor gatherings.
Venues – whether it be for exercise, recreation or entertainment, venues will be allowed to accommodate up to 50% of the venue's capacity. Social distancing should still be adhered to.
Best you start practising the Jerusalema Challenge, South Africa, because Heritage Day is around the corner and if the presidents says you have to do it, then you have to do it, right?
Watch the eNCA video below to see how South Africans feel about level 1.
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