Dear South Africans, the third wave caught us with the shorts and curls: Cyril Ramaphosa dropped the bad news bomb on Tuesday and confirmed that South Africa will now enter the level 3 restrictions for the foreseeable future. Several important changes have been announced for our lockdown regulations as COVID-19 infections continue to rise.
Lockdown periods: Level -3 Laws for South Africa
Mzansi is at the mercy of a virus resurgence that has increased both our case numbers and domestic hospital admissions. The death toll is also alarming, and with no comprehensive vaccination program to rely on, Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council have provided the only tool available to them.
Things have developed at a rapid pace on Tuesday. In the morning there were rumors that the cabinet would meet to discuss possible level 3 measures. Ramaphosa’s diary was then published online and features a series of “crunch talks” that were incorporated into the president’s schedule just before he holds the family reunion.
Cyril Ramaphosa admits ‘difficult winter is ahead’
The address was announced this afternoon – prompting some South Africans to rush to the bottle store. At level 3 there are clear differences in terms of our personal freedoms and freedom of movement. A shift into this phase will be much more noticeable than our previous transition to Level 2, which took place only 16 days ago.
Apparently, Cyril’s “gentle, gentle” approach did little to reverse the tide of the third wave – and SA is now heading into the remainder of winter under the toughest restrictions of the past 12 months. Most infections are picked up in Gauteng, but of course it doesn’t take long for an epicenter to cause a nationwide crisis.
Several other provinces declared their third wave weeks ago. The data clearly shows that this is an issue that affects us all – and the Level 3 rules will go into effect from Wednesday June 16. You can read the full list of changes here …
Level 3 for South Africa: What are the new lockdown changes?
- – The curfew is from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
- – Restaurants, bars and fitness centers must be nearby 21 : 00.
- – All gatherings are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors – no more than 50% of the capacity of a venue can be used.
- – Funerals are Limited to 50 people, while parties are forbidden after the tears
- – The sale of alcohol outside the premises is only allowed from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday
- – The sale of alcohol on site is permitted every evening until 9:00 p.m.
- – MORE TO CONFIRM
More Information on each of these “stricter regulations” can be found on our homepage – i you can visit here.