President Cyril Ramaphosa has this evening moved South Africa to alert level 4 immediately. According to Ramaphosa the emergence and the spread of the delta variant has led to this necessary and swift response from government.
These precautions require that all gatherings be prohibited, effectively immediately, except for funerals with a maximum of 50 people, said President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The sale of all alcohol is banned and a curfew will be in effect from 9pm.Travel in and out of Gauteng is prohibited, although residents may return home. This does not include work, business or commercial travel, transit through airports or for the transport of goods.
Visits to old age homes, care facilities and other ‘congregant settings’ will be restricted. Beaches and parks will remain open, however. Schools will close from Wednesday as holidays are moved forward, and all schools must be closed by Friday.
Eateries and Restaurants will only be permitted to sell food for take-away or delivery.
These developments come after the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) meeting convened this afternoon to propose recommendations on the country’s response to both the Delta variant and the continued surge in Covid-19 infections.
This was followed by the presidential co-ordinating council (PCC) which includes premiers, executive mayors and representatives of traditional leadership.