Restaurants, bars and beauty salons will remain closed in level 3

DURBAN – Restaurants, bars, beauty salons and hairdressers will remain closed while all other retail trade reopen on 1 June, announced President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Further discussions on the opening of spiritual worship continue. Public gatherings and other high-risk activities, especially those that involve close contact between large numbers of people, remain prohibited to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” said Ramaphosa.

While under level three additional areas of the economy will be reopened, cinemas, theatres, museums, and entertainment venues. Hotels and accommodation for leisure, Gyms and fitness centres will be prohibited.

The President also announced that people will be allowed to exercise anytime of the day,provided they are not in groups. The curfew on the movement of people will be lifted.

The Metropolitan cities, including Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and Cape Town have been identified as hotspot for Covid-19. The other areas that are hotspots are West Coast, Overberg and Cape Winelands district municipalities in the Western Cape, Chris Hani district in the Eastern Cape, and iLembe district in KwaZulu-Natal.

At the same time,  the President also conceded that they have experienced several challenges, including a shortage of diagnostic medical supplies as a result of the great demand for these supplies across the world.

“In preparation for the expected increase in infections, around 20,000 hospital beds have been, and are being, repurposed for Covid-19 cases, and 27 field hospitals are being built around the country. A number of these hospitals are ready to receive coronavirus patients. The scale and the speed of the public health response to this emergency has been impressive, but there is still much more that we need to do,” he said.

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