As of midnight, South Africa entered lockdown level 3, which means stricter regulations and protocols to follow to decrease the country's COVID-19 cases.
The festive season has caused many South Africans to be reckless and disregard many of the restrictions set in place to help combat the spread of the virus.
The adjusted level 3 regulations have been set in place:
All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days from the date hereof, except for funerals and other limited exceptions as detailed in the regulations, such as restaurants, museums, gyms and casinos. These will further be set out by the Minister in regulations and will be reviewed after that period.
Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people with social distancing.
Every business premises must determine the maximum number of staff and customers permitted at any one time based on our social-distancing guidelines and may not exceed that limit.
The nationwide curfew will be extended from 9 pm to 6 am. Apart from permitted workers and for medical and security emergencies, nobody is allowed outside their place of residence during the curfew.
Non-essential establishments, including shops, restaurants, bars and all cultural venues, must close at 8 pm. The list of these establishments will be released shortly.
South Africans are reminded that a mask should be worn whenever they leave their homes to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
As South Africans, everyone needs to work together and fight this virus by adhering to the regulations that have been implemented.
President Cyril Ramaphosa assures citizens that they are working on gaining access to an effective COVID-19 vaccine, which will be distributed fairly.
The country is a part of the global pooled procurement initiative co-ordinated by Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, also known as COVAX.
The president has confirmed that they have signed off on the agreement with COVAX and the initial payment of R283 million has been made by the Solidarity Fund.
Since South Africa is part of the first group of countries that will receive vaccines from COVAX, they expect to receive the vaccines in the second quarter of 2021.