The second wave of Covid-19 infections in Mzansi has forced the government to act quickly. A number of new regulations have been introduced, citizens have to follow these for the duration of the festive season.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered an address to the nation on Monday evening, letting South Africans know the lockdown regulations for the rest of the festive season. The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced these regulations officially on Tuesday.
Briefly.co.za unpacks the new lockdown regulations based on a gazette issued by the government, which was further explained by the minister.
South Africans will have to wear face masks when using public transport and when being in any public place. Employees of businesses are also required to wear masks to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Mzansi.
Beaches in the Eastern Cape will be closed from 16 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. KwaZulu-Natal beaches will be closed to the public on 16, 25, 26 and 31 December 2020 and 1, 2 and 3 January 2021.
Festivals and events that are hosted on beaches are not allowed to take place.
3. Sale of alcohol
The sale of alcohol will only be allowed from permitted establishments from 10:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Thursday. Public holidays and weekends are excluded.
4. Attendance of funerals
The maximum attendance of people at funerals is 100. People must keep a social distance of at least one meter from one another. "After-tears" and night vigils are strictly prohibited.
There will be a curfew that everyone must adhere to. Nobody is allowed to leave their residence from 23:00 to 04:00 daily.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that opposition parties are unimpressed with the lockdown beach closures. On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on what the country had to do in response to the second wave of Covid-19 infections.
A number of beaches in South Africa have been closed to the public to avoid large gatherings. Opposition parties Democratic Alliance (DA) and Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) were not impressed with the president's announcement.
These parties felt that it is an irrational decision to close down some beaches in Mzansi.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa warned that failure to change will cost lives. President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday evening, pleaded with South Africans to take measures to ensure lives are saved this festive season.
Ramaphosa's comments come at a time when South Africa is experiencing a second wave of infections.
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