- President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again held a family meeting with Mzansi amid the Covid-19 crisis
- This comes after Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa is currently experiencing a second wave of infections
- During the address, Ramaphosa announced two more hotspots which will be under tighter restrictions
President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again addressed South Africans on the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
Ramaphosa highlighted social gatherings as the largest source of outbreaks in South Africa, with little social distancing being observed and overcrowded venues.
Two more hotspots were announced by Ramaphosa, namely the Garden Route and the Sarah Bartman region.
These regions will now be placed under the same restrictions as the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
With immediate effect, Ramaphosa announced stricter enforcement of Level 1 restrictions.
The use of face masks was highlighted with Ramaphosa reminding that they are legally compulsory.
The President detailed that gatherings may not be attended by more than 100 people for indoor events and 250 for outdoor events, not exceeding 50% of a venue's capacity.
In addition to this, Ramaphosa announced that 'after tears' gatherings are completely prohibited.
Ramaphosa also announced that beaches and public parks would be closed for the festive season in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route District.
KwaZulu-Natal beached will be closed on the busiest days of the festive season, namely the upcoming public holidays.
Festivals, live music and live performances are now prohibited, with curfews put into place and authorities will monitor the situation.
As for the sale of liquor, the hours of the curfew have been adjusted to between 11pm and 4am, with restaurants set to close at 10pm.
Ramaphosa explained that the curfew was aimed at reducing the number of citizens still out and about, applying even on Christmas and New Years.
The sale of liquor will only be permitted between 10am and 6pm Monday to Thursday, with exceptions being made for venues that provide wine tasting and similar services.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Health minister Zweli Mkhize asked South Africans to make good decisions this festive season and choose to save lives rather than take risks.
Essentially, he asked people to choose between life and death over the festive season as the Covid-19 pandemic begins its second wave in South Africa.
He spoke at a webinar on Saturday in which he appealed to South Africans to make sacrifices and not hold large celebrations but keep the festivities to a minimum to reduce the spread of the virus.
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