President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the country an update on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, and the government's moves to deal with the crisis. At first it looked liked things were under control but in recent weeks there has been a significant increase in cases in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape - particularly the Garden Route towns of George and Kynsna, and Cape Town.
Because of the severity of the problem in the Eastern Cape the Nelson Mandela Bay area has been declared a hotspot. Because of this there are new, more severe restrictions on movement and the sale of alcohol that will apply in this area.
For the rest of the country there are no new restrictions and the same restrictions will apply as previously under level 1. The President has reminded the country again of the necessity of wearing masks at all times in public and staying away from larger groups in poorly ventilated, indoor areas.
The increased restrictions that apply to the Nelson Mandela Bay only are:
- Curfew from 10pm to 4am (except for essential service workers)
- Alcohol only sold from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Thursday
- Gatherings restricted to 100 people indoors (and no more than 50% of venue's capacity) and 250 outdoors
- No 'after tears' partys allowed at funerals
- Restaurants and bars must be closed after curfew
- Initiation season may go ahead but not in Nelson Mandela Bay
You can watch the President's speech live on our website.