Level 3 to have tighter regulations
December 28, 2020
Gauteng, South Africa: Cabinet has decided to put the country on an adjusted Level 3 from Level 1 with immediate effect.
Several Level 3 restrictions are being strengthened and are as follows:
-Curfew from 9PM until 6AM
-All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days, except for funerals and other limited exceptions (restaurants, gyms, casinos, etc.)
-Funerals can only have 50 people in attendance
-Businesses must determine the maximum number of people allowed and may not exceed that limit
-Non-essential establishments (shops, restaurants, bars, cultural venues, etc.) must close at 8PM
-Not wearing your mask outdoors is now considered a crime
-Alcohol sales from retail outlets and on-site consumption is not allowedAll beaches, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools in hotspot areas will be closed
The new regulations will stay in place until 15 January.
Addressing the nation tonight, Ramaphosa identified the KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Gauteng, and Eastern Cape as the leading the new cases for the virus.
On Sunday South Africa breached the one million mark of COVID-19 cases after 9 502 cases were reported on Sunday.
To curb the spread of the virus, Ramaphosa stressed that those who do not wear masks will be punished.
“From now on, it is compulsory for every person to wear a mask in a public space. A person who does not wear a cloth mask covering over the nose and mouth in a public place will be committing an offence. A person who does not wear a mask could be 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," he said.