President Cyril Ramaphosa, while addressing the nation on the 15th of August, announced that the country would be moving to Alert Level 2 on the 18th of August 2020. The 5 alert levels were earlier revealed by the President as a framework to show which economic activity will be permitted at the five levels.
Business Tech reports that the Coronavirus Command Council chaired by Ramaphosa has deviated from the framework initially set out. Co-operative Government Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma also extended the national state of disaster to 15 September. Ramaphosa has further eased lockdown restrictions – this comes after the infection rate in the country has decreased to just under 3 000 a day compared to 12 000 a month ago.
The recovery rate has increased to just over 80%. The Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize noted that the country is seeing a decrease in Covid 19 cases and that the hardest hit provinces are experiencing a downward trajectory. Here are some of the economic activities that will resume under alert level 2:
1. Inter-provincial will be permitted
2. The sale of alcohol will resume from Monday to Thursday. It can aso be consumed at registered liquor outlets until 22:00.
3. Gyms and fitness centres will be open subject to strict Covid 19 restrictions
4. The prohibition of gatherings of people more than 50 remain in place.
5. Family visits will be allowed
6. Bars , tarvens and hotels will be open for leisure
7. Parks and beaches will open.
Restrictions that still remain:
1. International travel ban.
2. Curfew from 4:00 am – 22:00
3. Spectators at a sporting event.
Ramaphosa has urged residents to prevent a resurgence and a second wave of infection by maintaining social distancing, regular washing of hands, wearing masks and avoiding contact with people.