- Under adjusted Level 4 regulations, schools will have to close by Wednesday.
- Gyms, casinos and cinemas must close from Monday.
- All gatherings, including religious gatherings, are prohibited.
Schools and universities will have to close from Wednesday under adjusted Level 4 lockdown regulations.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the new regulations on Sunday night in response to a surge of Covid-19 cases amid a third wave of infections and the entry of the Delta variant of the virus to South Africa.
Under the restrictions, a curfew is in place from 21:00 to 04:00, a 14-day alcohol sales ban has been implemented, and restaurants will only be allowed to sell take-away meals and delivery orders.
In the gazetted restrictions, released on Monday morning, schools and institutions of higher education will be closed for contact classes from Wednesday. The reopening dates are still to be decided.
Early childhood development centres will be allowed to remain open.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is due to hold a briefing at 11:00 on Monday.
With about two-thirds of the country’s cases recorded in Gauteng, the president announced that all leisure travel to and from that province will be prohibited for the next 14 days.
Travel to and from the province will be permitted for work purposes, provided that the traveller has a permit. Those attending a funeral will be allowed to travel to and from Gauteng, but a permit is also required.
Travel will also be allowed for those in transit through Gauteng, for the transportation of mortal remains, for pupils commuting to and from schools or higher education institutions, for a move to a new residence, to care for a family member, to get medical treatment or to return to their homes from a quarantine facility.
Anyone who is not at home will be permitted, on a once-off basis, to travel to or from Gauteng to return to their residences.
In addition, the gazetted regulations state that all gatherings are prohibited, except for funerals, when at a workplace or when buying goods and services. Businesses are limited to a capacity of 50%, which includes customers and employees.
Hotels, lodges, and other accommodation may operate at 50% capacity, but no in-house dining is allowed – only take-away meals and room service.
All social gatherings, including faith-based gatherings, are prohibited until 11 July.
Gatherings at beaches, parks and dams area also prohibited.
The following must be closed as of Monday:
- flea markets;
- night clubs;
- restaurants, expect for off-site sales;
- conferencing, exhibition and entertainment facilities;
- theatres and cinemas; and
- museums, libraries, archives and galleries
Visits to old-age homes will be restricted.
Gatherings at a workplaces for work purposes are allowed, subject to proper health protocols and social distancing measures.
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