Last night (1 Feb 2021) President Ramaphosa once again took to the TV screen to update South Africans on the coronavirus pandemic. The arrival of the first set of vaccines and a reduction in cases has allowed the Government to announce some relaxations to adjusted level 3 regulations, which were previously covered in this blog post from 14 January.
From 1 February, the rules relating to Adjusted level 3 are as follows:
|Hotspot & Non-Hotspot Areas|
|Curfew||23:00 – 04:00 daily|
|Business closing times||Non-essential stores close at 22:00*|
|Gatherings||All uncontrolled social gatherings are prohibited. Gatherings at businesses and faith-based institutions are permitted, in line with occupancy limitations, health protocols and social distancing. Remote working is still encouraged where possible.|
|Beaches, dams, lakes and rivers||Open, subject to health protocols and social distancing.|
|Businesses that must remain closed||Night clubs|
|Sale and distribution of alcohol||Offsite consumption|
Mon – Thurs: Permitted 10:00-18:00
Fri – Sun: Not permitted**
Mon – Sun: Permitted 10:00-22:00 for licensed premises.
*List of establishments which must close by 22:00: Cinemas; theatres; casinos; museums, galleries and archives; gyms and fitness centres; restaurants; venues hosting auctions; bars taverns; shebeens and venues hosting professional sport.
**wineries, wine farms, microbreweries and microdistilleries exception: these institutions may provide alcohol for on and off-site consumption throughout the week under adjusted level 3, provided they adhere to the curfew (22:00), health protocols and social distancing measures.
From the table above you can see that the current adjusted level 3 removes the restrictions on hotspots. It also allows the vast majority of businesses that were forced to close under adjusted level 3 to reopen their doors.
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