- Level 3 lockdown to kick off on June 1
- Most of the economy will be reopened
- The sale of alcohol will be regulated but cigarette sale still remains under lockdown
- He also warned that some places could go back to levels 4 or 5, depending on their progress.
- South Africa now has 22,583 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 429 deaths, according to Ramaphosa.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday that alcohol will be sold under strict conditions, but cigarettes will not, when the country enters Level 3 Lockdown on June 1.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday night with an update on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19.
He announced that the entire country will move to level 3 of lockdown on June 1. This will entail the re-opening of most of the economy and would require most civil servants to return to work. The nationwide night-time curfew would also be lifted.
The prohibition of the sale of alcohol and cigarettes has been a major sticking point since the commencement of the lockdown on March 26 , with even top government officials disagreeing on the wisdom of the decision.
Ramaphosa said: “Alcohol may be sold for home consumption only under strict conditions, on specified days and for limited hours. Announcements in this regard will be made once we have concluded discussions with the sector on the various conditions.
“The sale of tobacco products will remain prohibited in alert level 3 due to the health risks associated with smoking.”
What is allowed and what is not
The president’s address follows recent meetings of Cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President’s Coordinating Council, which considered the prospects for the country’s progression from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown.
In recent days, President Ramaphosa has also held consultative meetings with the business, labour and community constituencies of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac); leaders of political parties; traditional leaders; the leadership of interfaith communities; the South African Council of Churches and the tourism industry, which is the single largest source of employment in the private sector.
He warned that some places could go back to levels 4 or 5, depending on their progress.
The president announced that South Africa now has 22,583 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 429 deaths.
Here is the FULL TEXT OF THE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS