In an effort to counter the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will be placed on Adjusted Alert Level 2 with effect from today (31 May 2021). The President announced in a national address on 30 May 2021, that the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has recommended that South Africa urgently implement further restrictions. The new restrictions include:
- An evening curfew between 23:00 – 04:00
- Non-essential establishments such as restaurants and bars must close at 22:00 to allow staff to travel before curfew
- All gatherings are limited to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors
- Where a venue is too small to accommodate these people, then no more than 50% of the venue capacity can be used
- Funerals remain restricted to 100 people, while after-funeral gatherings remain prohibited.
- Night vigils, after- funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are not allowed.
- It remains mandatory for every person to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times when in public spaces. It is a criminal offence not to do so.