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President Cyril Ramaphosa on alcohol ban and spiritual gatherings restrictions ease

Alcohol and religious gatherings restrictions are eased

Talane – President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a speech regarding the fight against the second wave of Covid-19 on Monday where he started by announcing the arrival of Covid-19 doses, regarding such arrival as good news.

Ramaphisa said some restrictions would be eased, such as making a change on the period of the curfew interval 23:00 and 04:00 and allowing Church-related gatherings to resume with health protocols fully followed.

He said the aforesaid gatherings “may not exceed 50 people for indoor venues and 100 persons for outdoor venues.” And he added that “where the venue is too small to accommodate these [the aforesaid] numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50% of the capicity of the venue may be used.”

Following the easing of alcohol ban, the President said alcohol can now be purchased from Monday to Thursdays for off-site consumption whilst for on-site consumption will be permitted for sales by licensed premised, for instance restaurants and taverns, merely interval 10:00 to 22:00.

“I want to call on all of us to drink responsibly so that we do not experience a spike in trauma cases or an increase in infections due to reckless behaviour. As we ease restrictions once again, the responsibility on each and every one of us as individuals becomes even greate,” said Ramaphosa.