South Africa May Lift Curfew in Change to Lockdown Rules.. SA could enter the new year under new Covid-19 regulations that will lift the midnight curfew and ease restrictions on gatherings.
Timeslive can reveal that the presidential co-ordinating council (PCC) meeting on Thursday recommended to cabinet to do away with some restrictions, but decided they should keep the state of disaster despite a push against it by representatives from the DA.
“The PCC agreed to scrap the curfew altogether and increase the number for gatherings from 750 people indoors — the number for outdoor gatherings will remain at 2,000 but the country will remain under the national state of disaster,” an insider who attended the meeting said.
The recommendation will be discussed by the cabinet on Thursday before an announcement is made.
In November, in his latest national address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country should remain on alert level 1 for now and that the national state of disaster should remain in place.
Alert level 1 regulations state:
- There is a curfew in place from midnight until 4am.
- No more than 750 people may gather indoors and no more than 2,000 outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.
- No more than 100 people are permitted at a funeral, and night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and “after-tears” gatherings are not allowed.
- The wearing of masks in public places is still mandatory, and failure to wear a mask when required remains a criminal offence.
- The sale of alcohol is permitted according to regular licence conditions, but it may not be sold during curfew hours.