President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation this evening at 20:00.
In an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, and in response to the rising infections, we are moving to an adjusted Level 3 Lockdown status.
Key measures that will apply from midnight tonight:
- Subject to certain exceptions that will be published in the regulations, all indoor and outdoor activities are prohibited;
- The nationwide curfew is extended from 9pm to 6am daily;
- Establishments that are allowed to trade and not providing an essential service, must close at 8pm at night;
- It is compulsory to wear a face mask in public places. Failure to do so will constitute a criminal offence and, on conviction, may lead to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or both a fine and imprisonment;
- The sale of alcohol at retail outlets, alcohol consumption in public places and on-site consumption at nightclubs, bars, etc. is prohibited;
- Adjusted Level 3 will continue at least until 15 Jan 2021.
We will update this post and provide our comments on the reasonability and rationality thereof once the formal regulations are published.
We support necessary measures to curb the spread of the virus, however, if current measures are not being adhered to, the efficacy of more stringent measures are questionable.
We will still question any unreasonable and irrational regulations, but we plead to all South Africans to adhere to the reasonable and rational measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus.
Our country and our economy cannot afford another Level 5 Lockdown.
The greatest form of respect you can show to your neighbour, is to wear your mask, only go out in public when necessary, keep to a safe social distance and maintain the strictest personal hygiene habits.