President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening to update the country about new lockdown regulations.
The country was on a 14 days level 4 lockdown, which was adjusted on the last day. The President stated that lockdown level 4 will be extended with another 14 days until July 25, and a few changes to the regulations will be made.
New developments from the government allow gyms, fitness centres, and restaurants to open. They will be restricted to 50 people, and 50% capacity for smaller spaces. Social distancing measures of 1.5 meters should be observed.
Schools will reopen on July 26. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will brief the nation on updates and any changes.
Early childhood development centres are allowed to continue operating.
Buses and taxis are allowed to carry passengers at a capacity of 70% for trips beyond 200km, and 100% capacity for shorter distances.
Traveling in and out of Gauteng province will be allowed on conditions of business, funerals, emergencies, and relocating.
People will be allowed in public spaces for work reasons, funerals, and essential shopping.
The following places remain closed:
- Taverns and bars
- Conference and entertainment facilities
- Fetes and bazaars
- Older persons' residential facilities will remain closed.
Security and maintenance personnel may continue working at these places.
Other level 4 regulations remain in place. These regulations include the ban of sales and consumption of alcohol, and churches remain closed.
There is a curfew from 9 pm to 4 am. It is illegal to be in the streets during curfew time, exceptions will be made where there are emergencies.
Businesses are expected to be closed by 8 pm to allow staff to get home before curfew time.
Wearing a mask is compulsory, and legal action will be taken against those who do not abide by this regulation.