Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - The country is in Level 2 Covid lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday 30 May that South Africa would move from level 1 to an adjusted level 2 lockdown on Monday 31 May.
Some of the new regulations:
- The national curfew in effect throughout South Africa has been extended by an hour, and is now between 23:00 and 04:00 daily.
- To allow staff and patrons to return home in time for curfew, non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars, and fitness centres are required to close by 22:00.
- Inter-provincial travel remains unrestricted, and no restrictions on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products were announced.
“While the country is headed towards a third wave of infections, we do not yet know how severe this wave will be or for how long it will last,” the president said during his address.
The President said that wherever possible, everyone should cut down on their contact with other people during this time.
“That may mean postponing social engagements, avoiding public spaces, and not tra-velling unless absolutely necessary,” he said.
He acknowledged that there are times where it is unavoidable to be in contact with other people, such as at work or when shopping or in public transport.
“In such cases, it is important that we strictly observe all the health protocols by wearing a mask, keeping our distance from others and ensuring proper ventilation.”
He warned that gatherings are the greatest sources of transmission, whether it is weddings, funerals, social parties, religious services, political meetings, or simply gatherings of family and friends.
“We must remember that the virus does not move from place to place by itself; it relies on the movement of people,” the President stated.
He added that it is especially important to avoid indoor spaces, as the coronavirus is spread through the air when a person speaks, coughs or sneezes. “If you need to meet someone, including a member of your family, it is safer to do so outside in a well-ventilated space,” said Ramaphosa.