SUMMARY: Amended lockdown restrictions explained

    The National Coronavirus Command Council will brief the media on Monday following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday, on the government's further plans to combat the spread of COVID-19.

    PRETORIA – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma briefed the media on Monday on the amended regulations announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night.

    Dlamini-Zuma spent some time sending condolences to families who have lost people to COVID-19.

    The minister reiterated Ramaphosa’s statement that it is mandatory to wear a mask in public places.

    She said if someone does not have a mask they can use a scarf or cloth to cover their nose and mouth in public. Dlamini-Zuma said it is the responsibility of South Africans to ensure that mask-wearing is adhered to in public spaces and public transport.

    The minister also emphasised that social distancing must remain and people must avoid activities that create close contact.

    Dlamini-Zulu stated due to the burden placed on medical resources by alcohol-related injuries: the sale of alcohol, dispensing, and distribution of alcohol has been suspended.

    Hotels, B&B’s, and lodges will open for business and quarantine purposes but not for leisure.

    Parks are still open for the purpose of exercise but beaches will remain closed.

    Family gatherings remain prohibited because the intergenerational nature of family gatherings could lead to the spread of COVID-19 to older people, who face a greater risk of mortality and serious illness.

    Dlamini-Zuma clarified that visiting family members is only allowed under exceptional circumstances such a death.

    Interprovincial travel is also not allowed.


    Source: eNCA (