Coronavirus lockdown: Curfews in place, ban on alcohol and cigarettes

Coronavirus lockdown: Curfews in place, ban on alcohol and cigarettes

- Ahead of the 21-day national lockdown, which kicks in from midnight on Thursday, curfews have been put into place

- These curfews include regulations over when public transport will be allowed to operate

- explores these measures put into place by the government

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As of midnight on Thursday, South Africa will be entering into a national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

This motion will change the nation's landscape for a period of 21-days and the regulations put into place will be enforced by both the police and the South African National Defense Force.

SowetanLIVE reports that citizens will only have access to public transport at certain times during the lockdown period.

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Travel during this period will be limited to 50% of a vehicles allowed passenger capacity.

In addition to these measures, all borders will be closed for human beings for the duration of the lockdown. All international and domestic flights have been cancelled.

The authorities will be conducting roadblocks and searches and citizens will have to produce proof that they have been declared essential workers.

All restaurants, alcohol vendors, recreation centres, churches, flea markets hotels and sports facilities will be closed.

Commenting on the regulations, Minister Bheki Cele noted that inebriation was a factor causing overcrowding at hospitals and that the ban of alcohols sales will aid in this effect:

“Restaurants shall not operate. There shall be no food at restaurants. You buy food from these outlets and go and cook [at] home."

Cigarettes will also not be available during this period with all retailers implementing a ban on the sale of nicotine products. reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had allowed for walks to be taken during this period.

However, Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned that this will not be the case at all:

“So there is no need to move around. There was a little bit of a story earlier on that you can walk your dog, there shall be no dogs that will be walked. The cluster met, discussed and we agreed that it doesn’t enhance the call made by the president. If you really want to walk your dog [do it] around your house.”

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