South Africa eases restrictions, moves to level 2 lockdown

South Africa eases restrictions, moves to level 2 lockdown
IMAGE: South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced in a televised address to the nation on Sunday evening that the country has moved to adjusted level two lockdown from level three, as COVID-19 infections numbers continue to fall.

President Ramaphosa, also said that vaccine passports in South Africa, “for various purposes and events” are under consideration and the Department of Health looking at a variety of mechanisms to do it electronically.

He stated that to date, around 14,6 million doses of vaccines have been administered. Over a quarter of all adult South Africans have received at least one vaccine dose and more than 7 million are fully vaccinate.

South Africa is now administering a million doses every four to five days and the government has secured enough vaccines to vaccinate entire adult population and supply is no longer constrained.

Statistics show that more women than men are getting vaccinated. Men are slow in coming forward. The message is being spread in all languages to ensure all people understand vaccines are safe and free.

Ramaphosa also announced that vaccines are available to everyone in South Africa regardless of citizenship status. “Those who are vaccinated are far less likely to die,” he said.

“The sooner we are all vaccinated, the sooner we can open up, welcome tourists, we can meet with friends and family, return to work,” he further stated.

“The more people get vaccinated before December, less likely we will experience a devastating wave over the holiday period,” he concluded.

Here is what it means to be under lockdown level two in South Africa:

  • Alcohol restrictions eased – Alcohol sales open 10am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. Alcohol sale for on-site consumption until 10pm. Alcohol remains prohibited in public spaces. This will be reviewed in two weeks.
  • Curfew eased – Curfew 11pm to 4am. Restaurants, bars, gyms close by 10pm.
  • Gatherings limited to max 250 indoors, 500 outdoors. No more than 50% capacity.
  • Funerals remain restricted to no more than 50 people. After tears still banned.
  • It remains mandatory for every person to wear a face mask that always covers their nose and mouth when in public spaces.