Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Image: South African Government Twitter.

Dlamini-Zuma clarifies new lockdown rules

CAPE TOWN- Ministers in the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) briefed the media on Monday following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Government’s further plans to combat the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa.

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma reiterated that it is mandatory for all to wear a face mask in a public space. “It must be a collective responsibility to ensure that everyone wears a mask.”

Addressing the reintroduction of the alcohol ban, Dlamini-Zuma said when people drink in groups they can let their guard down, not adhere to social distancing and discard their mask which could lead to the further spread of the virus.

Dlamini-Zuma provided clarity on the reintroduced lockdown regulations:

  • The sale and distribution of alcohol has been suspended with immediate effect.
  • Inter-provincial travel remains prohibited without a permit.
  • Taxis operating long-distance travel are allowed 70% capacity, while local taxis may operate with 100% capacity but must ensure regulations are followed.
  • A curfew from 9pm-4am is set to take effect from Monday, and those who are out after curfew will be required to have a permit.
  • Hotels and B&Bs are not open for leisure but they may accommodate those on work trips or for quarantine purposes.
  • The use of parks will be permitted for walking, however, going to the beach will remain prohibited.
  • Auctions have been permitted but under strict regulations.
  • Family visits are prohibited.

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