While the third wave peaked and declined in Gauteng, there is now a marked decline in all provinces, with the exception of the Northern Cape and the Free State, he said.
As cases decline, President Ramaphosa said that the country will move to lockdown level 2 on Monday (13 September) with restrictions to be eased in the following areas:
- The hours of curfew will now run from 23h00 – 04h00. Non-essential establishments such as bars and gyms will need to close at 22h00 to give staff to get home.
- All gatherings will now be limited to 250 people indoors, while outdoor gatherings will be limited to 500 people. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these amounts of people, then no more than 50% of the floor space may be used.
- The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will now be permitted from 10h00 – 18h00 from Monday-Friday. On-site consumption will be subject to licensing permissions until 22h00.
- Funerals remain restricted to no more than 50 people, and, as before, night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are not allowed.
President Ramaphosa said that the restrictions will be reviewed again in two weeks. The government will also present its plan for vaccine passports at this time so that people can attend sporting and other events, he said.
The president warned that existing regulations remain in place – including the compulsory wearing of masks, social distancing and a ban on after-funeral gatherings.