Make no mistake, moving to Level 2 gives South Africans a freedom that we haven’t felt in nearly five months. Gone are the days of three-hour exercise windows and store closings, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet. In fact, there are a number of notable restrictions that will always be in effect in South Africa.
New regulations to come, but everything will not change …
With alcohol, cigarettes and inter-provincial travel all going green starting Tuesday, you’ll feel like things are returning to a semblance of “normalcy.” Indeed, Level 2 sees almost all sectors and workplaces intensify their operations., even if they must adhere to strict health and hygiene protocols.
Under Level 2 of the national lockdown, licensed restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol. All establishments must adhere to the nighttime curfew and maintain strict health and safety protocols to protect diners and staff. # COVID19SA pic.twitter.com/eEuenoasyn
– Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) Aug 15, 2020
The damage to the economy has been significant, and even without the encouraging COVID-19 numbers reported in August, the government had to do something to take the strain off businesses. The lockdown changes will be explained in more detail by the National Coronavirus Command Council in the next 36 hours or so.
But, as dazed as we may look at our progress, it is essential to note that there are still some very serious restrictions that must be complied with. In total, eight directives remain unchanged in the future:
- Current restrictions on international travel will remain in place – borders remain closed.
- No “organized gatherings” of 50 people are allowed anywhere in South Africa, including funerals and religious events.
- Large “social gatherings” are also prohibited at level 2.
- Spectators cannot attend sports matches.
- Spectators will not be able to see the artists performing in the indoor arenas.
- No one in South Africa can travel between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., as the curfew remains in effect for level 2.
- South Africans must always wear their masks “every time we leave the house”.
- Those who can work from home should, and those aged 60 and over with underlying conditions should limit their travel.