- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has stood by her decision to temporarily ban tobacco products
- The sale of alcohol will be allowed in SA under Level 3 lockdown, but under stringent restrictions
- Fast food buyers will now be allowed to collect food and obtain meals through drive-throughs
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has addressed South Africa to detail the specifics surrounding Level 3 of the current Covid-19 lockdown.
The minister warned that, while regulations are relaxing, the effort to prevent further infections and fatalities must be doubled:
"Thanks to our sacrifice and contribution, we have managed to flatten the curve. But unfortunately, our figures are still rising and the peak is still on the horizon."
Briefly.co.za reported that religious gatherings had been given the green light and the minister reiterated this, commenting that:
"We have also widely consulted with religious sectors, led by our president, and are now in a position to categorise religious counselling as an essential service."
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The sale of cigarettes and tobacco products remains banned, with alcohol available for purchase under strict restrictions.
Industry and Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel noted that this level will entail the most significant reopening of the economy:
"This is the most significant reopening of the economy since the lockdown began some 63 days ago and it opens up all of our core productive sectors, from manufacturing to mining, to all the productive services. It means that the country's steel mills and textile operations, the chemical plants, the plastic operations, will all be able to operate at full capacity..."
Patel also indicated that hot food will now be available for sale, with consumers allowed to make use of drive-throughs and collections to obtain their meals from outlets.
Dlamini-Zuma highlighted the following regions as hotspots, indicating that they would remain under Level 4 rules:
- Nelson Mandela (Bay)
- Buffalo City
- Cape Town
- West Coast
- Cape Winelands District
- Chris Hani District in the Eastern Cape
- iLembe District in KwaZulu-Natal
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