- Small Business and Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has revealed a move to 'Advanced Level 3' is on the cards for SA
- Instead of a migration to Level 2 Covid-19 lockdown, it appears Mzansi will be moved to a more relaxed version of the current level
- Briefly.co.za explores the information currently available at this stage of the government's phased response to combat the virus
Minister of Small Business and Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has unveiled a new phase to SA's phased approach to lifting the Covid-19 lockdown.
Speaking to eNCA, Ntshaveni revealed that SA is heading to 'Advanced Level 3' withing the next two days.
This will reportedly allow for numerous previously restricted services to reopen for business after more than 3 months away from work.
However, the minister made it clear that this was not a shift to Level 2 but rather an improved version of the current stage:
“When the president announced the move to Level 3, he also mentioned the stage of ‘Advanced Level 3’. We had the discussion last week in Cabinet, about industries requiring extra protocols. The decision will come through either on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. We are waiting for the Health Advisory Council.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the ban on personal service providers had headed to court and it appears that these regulation changes will take the plight facing hairdressers, tattoo artists and others in the sector into consideration.
In addition to this, the opening of restaurants for 'sit-down meals' is reportedly ready for approval. The rules for the reopening of hotels is also set to be relaxed.
Other pressing issues have been the alcohol and liquor ban. Under this new advanced stage, the hours allowed for the sale of alcohol may be revised.
There is very little clarity over what will transpire as far as the cigarette prohibition is concerned with the matter currently being argued in court.
An important aspect will be clarity over implementing tighter restrictions for Covid-19 hot-spots without having various provinces on different levels.
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