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BREAKING: National lockdown update

Alcohol is back on the banned list, and a curfew is in place

Latest update: 12 July 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa took to the podium on Sunday night to address the nation and announce some stricter lockdown regulations. 

LOCKDOWN LEVELS: THE SITUATION NOW 
The country will remain in alert level 3 of lockdown,butb stricter regulations will be put in place. 

WATCH: CYRIL RAMAPHOSA’S FULL ADDRESS FROM 12 JULY

STRICTER REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED
In the face of high rates of transmission, the government has introduced stricter measures to prevent infection. "We are not helpless in the face of this storm", said the president, citing new measures to keep ourselves and our communities safe. 

  • The enforcement of existing measures will be increased. 
  • Taxis may operate at 70% capacity. 
  • Alcohol sales, dispensing, and distribution will be banned with immediate effect, in order to preserve hospital capacity. 
  • A curfew will be implemented between 9pm and 4am, as of Monday 13 July. 
  • Everyone is reminded to wear a cloth mask at any time they are out of the house. Employers, managers, shop owners, and building owners are obliged to enforce mask-wearing, and must appoint an official to do so.
  • Keep a safe distance of 2m from other people, and wash your hands and santise regularly. 

RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN SOME ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN LIFTED

  • Auctions may resume 
  • Parks may be used for exercise

MOST ALERT LEVEL 3 MEASURES REMIAN IN PLACE
Everyone is still encouraged to stay home and will be required to wear a face mask outside of their homes. This can be a fabric mask, or a homemade item that covers the nose and mouth. The sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes is not permitted.

The following activities have not been discontinued:

  • Conferences and meetings for business purposes, in line with restrictions on gatherings;
  • Restaurants for sit-down meals; 
  • Accredited and licensed accommodation with the exception of house shares such as Airbnb;
  • Cinemas and theatres (aligned to limitations on gatherings); 
  • Casinos;
  • Personal care services including hairdressers and beauty services; 
  • Non-contact sports such as tennis and cricket; and 
  • Contact sports for training and modified activities. 

TOBACCO REMAINS ON THE BANNED LIST
The sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes is not permitted under level 3. 

EVERYONE CAN CONTINUE TO GO TO WORK
All workers may go back to work on the condition that they adhere to strict safety measures. Domestic workers are included in this and may return to work. Workplaces must limit the number of employees permitted to return to work, and must maintain strict health protocols such as the wearing of masks, provision of hand sanitizers, screenings, and physical distancing of 1.5m. 

Every company must have a Covid-19 plan in place, and must appoint a Covid-19 compliance officer. The plan must be accessible by all employees and must be presented to inspectors on request. Failure to present this plan could result in the company being forced to close. 

Those who are able to work from home must be allowed and encouraged to do so. People over 60 or with comorbidities such as cancer, diabetes, and respiratory diseases are advised to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary. 

FUNERALS, RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS PERMITTED
Funerals may take place with no more than 50 people. Only close relatives are permitted to attend funerals, and those travelling between provinces for a funeral are required to have a permit. 

Religious counselling is considered an essential service. Gatherings are permitted with health and hygiene measures in place, including wearing masks and 1.5m physical distancing. A maximum of 50 congregants is allowed, and a record of attendees must be kept. Congregants must also be screened upon arrival.

Conference and convention centres will remain closed, and social gatherings will remain cancelled until further notice.

A BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENT HAS BEEN FOUND
A study by the University of Oxford has found dexamethasone reduced deaths amongst patients on ventilators by a third. Read more facts about dexamethasone.

VACCINE TRIALS HAVE BEGUN IN SOUTH AFRICA
On 23 June Wits University announced that South Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine trial had begun. Find out six facts about the coronavirus vaccine trial

THERE ARE FIVE LEVELS OF LOCKDOWN 
There are five alert levels, which will work similarly to loadshedding. These levels will be implemented based on the number of new infections and healthcare system readiness, which refers to the availability of hospital beds, personal protective equipment, medicines, respirators, and surgical equipment. 

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