It has been five months since South African President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, declared a national state of disaster to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
In an effort to re-build the economy, lockdown has eased into Level Two (2). Simply put, this means that :
- All restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be lifted
- The ban on tobacco ban will be lifted
- Alcohol sales will be allowed with certain restrictions
- On-site consumption of alcohol will be allowed at restaurants and bars until 10 pm
- Liquor outlets will be allowed to sell alcohol from Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 5 pm
- Family visits will be allowed
- Gyms fitness centres will be permitted to reopen
- The nightly curfew between 10pm and 4am will remain.
Globally, the pandemic has taken a heavy toll of health, family relationships, a battering on the public health system and economy.
If one is fortunate to visit family where infections are known to take place, then social distancing, the mandatory mask and hygiene regulations, should be maintained.