President Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Saturday night. He warned the public not to be complacent, saying resurgence of the virus is possible amid relaxing restrictions. “It remains our foremost concern in the weeks and months that lie ahead to continue to save lives.”
Ramaphosa said lockdown level 2 will come into effect from midnight on Monday 17 August.
Economic activity will be allowed with the necessary and appropriate stringent health protocols and safety precautions in place. All restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be lifted.
Accommodation, hospitality venues and tours will be permitted according to approved protocols to ensure social distancing. Restaurants, bars and taverns will be permitted to operate according to approved protocols as to times of operation and numbers of people.
“This virus will remain with us for many months and I must applaud the many South Africans who have changed their way of life to meet that reality.” Concluded the president.