President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will move to Lockdown Level 2, effective from 31 May 2021, due to the surging COVID-19 infection rates, as the country heads towards the third wave.
The following restrictions will now apply:
· The curfew will be in place from 11pm until 4am.
· Restaurants, bars and all public places will need to close by 10pm.
· For all gatherings, no more than 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors.
· Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 100 people with a 2-hour limit. Night vigils and post-funeral gatherings are not allowed.
· Alcohol sales will be allowed to continue as normal.
· Wearing your mask (covering your nose and mouth) in public is mandatory and will be considered an offense if not followed.
Here’s how you can protect yourself and others:
· Always wear your mask in public.
· Sanitise or wash your hands with soap regularly.
· Social distance 1.5 metres apart from others.
· Keep away from crowded spaces.
· Download the SA COVID-19 alert app on your smartphone.
More than 400 vaccination sites across the country are in full operation, which includes both the public and private sectors.
Phase 2 of the country’s vaccine rollout plan is already in motion, which means that healthcare workers and members of the public who are over the age of 60 are eligible to be vaccinated.
If you are eligible to be vaccinated, here are four ways in which you can register:
· The online registration platform which is available on the SA Coronavirus website.
· Register through USSD by dialling *134*832#.
· Use WhatsApp by sending the word “register” to 060 012 3456
· Call the national toll-free call centre at 0800 029 999, where someone will help you to register. They will also be able to answer any questions you might have. Read the president’s full speech here.