President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to an adjusted level 4 lockdown as the country struggles against the third wave of Covid-19 infections.
In a national address on Sunday evening (27 June), Ramaphosa said that the restrictions were necessary to curb the high rate of infections and relieve pressure on the healthcare sector.
The president said that ICU measures are in short supply and that it is clear that existing containment measures are not sufficient.
To address these issues, the president said that the following new restrictions will be introduced:
- All indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited. This includes religious and social gatherings.
- Funerals and cremations are permitted but attendance may not exceed 50 people.
- Night vigils and after-funeral gatherings are not allowed.
- Public spaces such as beaches and parks will remain open, but no gatherings are permitted.
- The new curfew times are 21h00 – 04h00.
- The sale of alcohol is prohibited.
- Travel in and out of Gauteng is prohibited for leisure purposes. People will be permitted to return home to the province if they are currently outside the borders.
- Visits to old age homes and care facilities will be restricted.
- Restaurants will only be able to sell food for takeaway and deliveries.
- The closure of schools for the winter holidays will be brought forward. Schools will close from (30 June) and all schools will be expected to be closed by Friday.
- All contact classes at universities and other tertiary facilities will stop on Wednesday.
The restrictions will remain in place for 14 days Ramaphosa said, and will be assessed thereafter. They take effect on Monday, 28 June, and will run until 11 July 2021.