President Cyrial Ramaphosa Adresses the Nation

Written by on 23 March 2022

 22 March 2022 8 pm, President Cyril Ramaphosa reported that the cabinet upon the recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to ease several restrictions as part of Adjusted Alert Level 1 restriction guidelines. Gatherings are once again being restricted- indoor and outdoor venues can now take up to 50% of their capacity provided that the criteria for entrance are proof of vaccination or a COVID test not older than 72 hours- however where no proof of vaccination or covid-tests is provided the current limit will remain 1,000 people indoors and 2,000 people outdoors. The maximum number of people permitted at a funeral will increase from 100 to 200.

It is mandatory to wear a face mask when in public indoor spaces, however, a mask is not required when outdoors. The regulations on social distancing are also being changed, requiring that a space of 1 metre is maintained between persons in all settings except schools. There are also changes to the regulations on international travel. Travellers entering South Africa will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. All unvaccinated travellers entering the country who want to be vaccinated will be offered vaccination. These measures will take effect from Wednesday the 23rd of March 2022.

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