South Africa has been battling the spread of Covid -19 for the past five months forcing the government to implement the most hard lockdown in the world.
As the nation moves to Level 2 lockdown ,President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that all tobacco products can now be sold from Monday Midnight
Alcohol can also be sold but under restrictions between 9am-5pm only Monday to Thursday .
Inter-provincial travel ban has been lifted and family visits are now permitted .
The president stated that,"Restrictions on family visit and social visit will be lifted although everyone is urged to exercise extreme caution and undertake such visits if only necessary ".
Accommodation hospitality venues and tours will also be permitted in Level 2.
Restaurants,bars and taverns will be permitted to operate according to approved protocols as to times of operation the number of people.
The president has explained that,"Alert level 2 in terms of our risk-adjust strategy in dealing with the pandemic means that they is a moderate Covid- 19 spread of the virus ,with a relatively high health system readness".
However they are some restrictions that will remain .
The curfew will however remain in place from 22:00 to 4:00am.
International travel still not permitted under Level 2.
Tobacco ban is lifted.
Alcohol ban lifted. You can buy Monday to Thursday. Alcohol serving establishments allowed until 10pm.
Gatherings restricted to 50 people. Spectators will not be permitted at sporting events. Curfew remains in place. Those who can continue to work from home must do so especially those who are high risk.
Gyms & fitness centres will be permitted to reopen. Appropriate restrictions & safety precautions will apply to protect public health.
"Fewer people are presenting with symptoms at our hospital facilities.We are also finding that fewer people are requiring admission in our hospitals and the demand of coronavirus tests has dropped ,said Ramaphosa.
President Ramaphosa has said the number of patients admitted has declined from 10000 from the beginning of the month to around 4000.
11667 succumbed to Covid-19.
Ramaphosa also announced the total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 583 653 with around 105 000 recoveries.
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