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South African President, Ramaphosa Bans Alcohol Sale For ‘Off-Site Consumption’ During Easter Weekend

 

In his address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that given the relatively low transmission levels, ‘we have decided to keep the country on coronavirus Alert Level 1.’   

On-site sales at restaurants, shebeens and bars will be allowed, according to licensing conditions, up until 2300 hrs.

The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will however be prohibited this coming Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, owing to the Easter holidays.

Religious gatherings over the Easter period will be restricted to a total number of 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors.

These measures on the size of gatherings will be reviewed within the next 15 days based on an assessment on the state of the pandemic and the extent of compliance with health protocols.

The curfew is maintained from midnight to 4am.  Public recreational spaces such as beaches, parks and dams will remain open.  However, this will continue to be subject to strict health protocols, such as social distancing, mask-wearing.

Funerals remain restricted to a maximum of 100 people and with a two-hour limit on services. Interprovincial travel will still be permitted.

The President also said that more than 250,000 health workers have been vaccinated with the J&J vaccine

“We are also in various stages of negotiations with the manufacturers of other vaccines such as Sinovac, Sinopharm and Sputnik V. Some of these manufacturers in the final stages of the approval process for use of the vaccines in South Africa.” Ramaphosa said.

Priority will be given to those aged 60 years and above and those with underlying conditions.

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