Lock-down Restrictions Easing in South Africa
During South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on 17 June, he announced that certain restrictions would be eased, including those on accommodation and restaurants. The dates and exact details around safety protocols involved with the below have yet to be announced.
Ramaphosa announced that following further discussions with cabinet, the government has decided to allow restaurants to offer a sit-down services as well as allow accredited and licensed accommodation establishments to accept visitors.
“Following further discussions with industry representatives on stringent prevention protocols, and after advice from scientists and consultation with Premiers, Cabinet has decided to ease restrictions on certain other economic activities,” said Ramaphosa.
Activities allowed under eased restrictions include:
– Restaurants for ‘sit-down’ meals
– Accredited and licensed accommodation, with the exception of home sharing
accommodation like AirBnB.
– Conferences and meetings for business purposes and in line with restrictions on public gatherings.
– Cinemas and theatres, to be aligned to limitations on the gathering of people.
– Personal care services, including hairdressers and beauty services
– Non-contact sports such as golf, tennis, cricket and others. Contact sports will be allowed only for training and modified activities with restricted use of facilities.
South Africans were reminded during the president’s address to continue practicing social distancing, staying at home and wearing masks when leaving the house for essential goods or to exercise.
Ramaphosa stated that in order to continue slowing the spread each and every South African would need to change their habits for the better and ensure they practice good hygiene and frequent hand washing consistently.
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