“Unless we do things differently, this will be the last Christmas for many.” – President Cyril Ramaphosa.Ramaphosa clamps down on gatherings and alcohol sales as he tightens curfew
The sale of alcohol at liquor stores will only be permitted between 10AM and 6PM from Monday to Thursday. Wine farms may continue to offer tastings.
Four provinces are leading the COVID-19 infections:
– Eastern Cape
– Western Cape
For the first time most new infections are among young people – 15 to 19 years old.
Further restrictions to be imposed nationwide from midnight tonight. Firstly, stricter enforcement of existing level 1 restrictions, especially wearing of masks.
Secondly, we’re taking measures to reduce the risks of superspreader events. Gatherings, including religious gatherings, will be limited to 100 people for indoor and 250 for outdoor events.
Beaches and public parks to be closed in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route District. Beaches in KwaZulu-Natal to be closed on 15, 25, 26 and 31 December as well as 1-3 January 2021. Northern Cape and Western Cape (excluding Garden Route) parks and beaches will remain open between 9AM and 6PM.
A new curfew comes into play – 11PM to 4AM daily. Restaurants and bars to close at 10PM to allow workers to make their way home before curfew. This curfew also applies to New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve.