During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation last night, 1st February, he announced that Cabinet have decided to steadily ease a number of restrictions under the adjusted Level 3 lockdown restrictions, with immediate effect.
Here is what travel agents need to know about the easing of the adjusted Level 3 regulations:
Most indoor and outdoor gatherings will still be prohibited. This includes social gatherings, political events, traditional council meetings and gatherings at sports grounds.
Faith-based gatherings will be permitted, subject to health protocols. Such gatherings may not exceed 50 people for indoor venues and 100 persons for outdoor venues. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used.
Public places such as beaches, dams, rivers, parks and public swimming pools will be reopened subject to health protocols.
The nationwide curfew has been relaxed and will now be from 11pm to 4am. Apart from permitted workers, no person may be outside their place of residence during curfew.
Establishments, including restaurants and bars, will need to close by no later than 10pm in order to ensure their customers and staff are able to return home prior to the start of the curfew.
Alcohol sales from retail outlets will be permitted from Monday to Thursday between 10am and 6pm.
On-site consumption of alcohol will be permitted at licensed outlets from 10am to 10pm throughout the week.
Duty-free shops, registered wineries, wine farms, micro-breweries and micro-distilleries will be able to sell alcohol for off-site consumption during their normal licensed operating hours.
Wearing of masks
The adjusted Level 3 regulations made every individual legally responsible for wearing a mask in public, and this requirement remains unchanged. A person who does not wear a cloth mask covering over the nose and mouth in a public place will be committing an offence and is at the risk of being arrested and prosecuted. On conviction, they will be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both a fine and imprisonment.
Click here to read the President’s full statement.