Christelle du Toit
2 minute read
28 Dec 2020
9:16 pm

EXPLAINED: What is adjusted level 3 lockdown?

Christelle du Toit

The country last experienced level 3 lockdown in May 2020, when government regulations included a ban on alcohol consumption in bars and restaurants, but permitted faith-based gatherings and exercising in public.

Picture for illustrative purposes: Joel Saget/AFP

With President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Monday evening that the country is moving to an adjusted level 3 lockdown as of midnight, South Africans are seeking clarity on what this entails.

The country last experienced level 3 lockdown in May 2020 when government regulations included a ban on alcohol consumption in bars and restaurants, but permitted faith-based gatherings and exercising in public.

This time around though, all gatherings have been banned for a period of 14 days in a bid to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the Minister of Cooperative Governance, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, and Minister of Bheki Cele will host a briefing on Tuesday to unpack the restrictions and regulations, this is what is known so far:

An extended curfew will be in effect.

Alcohol sales are prohibited.

Wearing a mask in public is mandatory.

A number of hotspots were added to the list of existing areas of concern, with the country’s economic hub included.

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