Stricter lockdown regulations confirmed on Saturday, May 29, by President Ramaphosa will be addressed directly tonight in a “family meeting” at 7pm.
It is predicted that Ramaphosa will announce that the country will move from level 1 to an adjusted alert level 2.
“As South Africa rolls out its international COVID-19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment and patient recovery rates, as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures,” said Presidential spokesperson Tyrone Seale.
This statement follows meetings by the Cabinet and President’s Co-ordinating Council (PCC) on Sunday, as well as the National Coronavirus Command Council which took place earlier in the week.
Four out of the nine provinces have entered the third wave, reports News24. Gauteng, the North West, Free State, and Northern Cape are currently facing a new serge, as per the PCC discussion.
Cooperative Governance and Tradition Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has proposed the following:
- Curfew should be brought forward by an hour to 11pm.
- Indoor gatherings should be reduced from 250 to 100.
Meanwhile, outdoor gatherings, which currently permit 500 people, could be reduced to 250. As well as this, Ramaphosa stated that South Africa has a “complicated, possibly unhealthy” relationship with alcohol. This has led to speculation around another “booze ban.”