In ten short days since the last ‘family meeting’ addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa there has been a significant increase in Covid-19 cases. Average daily cases reported have almost doubled, and average daily deaths reported has grown by 50% (the increase in deaths usually trails the increase in cases and hospitalisations by one or two weeks).
Although the country will remain in Level 1 of lockdown, the President introduced a number of stricter controls in an effort to slow the rate of increase in infections.
The Sarah Baartman district (which includes Port Alfred, Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis) and the Garden Route will now be added to the list of national Hot Spots – joining the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
All beaches in the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route will be closed from 16th December to 3rd January 2021. All beaches in KZN will be closed on the 16th, 25th, 26th and 31st December as well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd January 2021. All beaches in the Western Cape and Northern Cape will remain open.
The national curfew will be brought forward to 11pm (until 4am) and all bars and restaurants will have to close at 10pm to allow staff and patrons to be home by 11,
Gatherings, including religious gatherings, may not exceen 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors. Venues must never be more than 50% full. All posst-funeral gatherings are prohibited.
Alcohol sales are only permitted from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Thursday. No consumption of alcohol in public spaces including parks and beaches. No consumption of alcohol in venues like bars and restuarants after 10pm.
The President made a point of reminding viewers that the early curfew would also be in place for Christmas and Novel Year festivties. So there won’t be any counting down to midnight and kissing the people at the party for this Novel Year! We’ll all be home by 11pm celebrating with our immediate families or over Zoom!
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé