Even though the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit South Africa hard, the country remains at level 3 lockdown.
That disaster condition has also been extended until August 15.
Here’s the new rules set in place by President Ramaphosa:
- South Africans have been able to buy liquor since 1 June, even if it was only Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 17:00. However, liquor stores will not reopen on Monday. That’s because there is clear evidence that liquor sales lead to violence and accidents affecting hospitals’ emergency units, Ramaphosa says.
- No one other than workers in essential industries after or on the way to work may be on the streets after 21:00 in the evening or before 04:00 in the morning.
- Wearing a mask is now law.
- The ban on cigarette ban continues.
- Ramaphosa announced that public parks would reopen “for practice, not for gatherings”.
- Holidays remain prohibited.
- Long-distance taxis may not be more than 70% full, but taxis that travel short distances may again be 100% full.
See the full address by the president below: