Funeral restrictions eased under level 1 lockdown

By NTU News Reporter

The number of people allowed to attend a funeral will increase from next week under lockdown level one.

From Monday, the maximum number of people who may attend a funeral is increased from 50 to 100, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday (16 September).

Night vigils are still not permitted.

Social, religious, political and other gatherings will be permitted, as long as the number of people does not exceed 50 percent of the normal capacity of a venue, up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings.

Health protocols, such as washing or sanitising of hands, social distancing and mask-wearing, will need to be strictly observed.

Other changes announced by the president are:

* Existing restrictions on sporting events remain in place.

* The hours of curfew have been changed. The curfew will now apply between midnight and 4am.

* The sale of alcohol at retail outlets for home consumption is now permitted from Monday to Friday, from 09h00 to 17h00.

* Alcohol will be permitted for on-site consumption in licensed establishments only and with strict adherence to the curfew.

* Venues for exercise, recreation and entertainment – such as gyms and theatres – which were limited to no more than 50 people, will now be allowed to accommodate up to 50% of their venue’s capacity as determined by available floor space, subject to social distancing and other health protocols.

The president urged South African’s to download the FREE to download Covid Alert mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

The app is completely anonymous, it does not gather any personal information, nor does it track anybody’s location.

It has been six months since the state of disaster was announced

In that time, more than 15 000 South Africans have lost their lives to the disease and more than 650 000 have been confirmed as infected.

The president said “Our greatest challenge now – and our most important task – is to ensure that we do not experience a new surge in infections.”

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