The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, announced details on regulations for lockdown level 1. According to Dlamini-Zuma, the country has recorded a consistent decline of new infections for the last six weeks. She, however, urges South Africans to be careful as restrictions are lifted as the virus is still a threat. She says level one means that the rate of infection is slower and that the health capacity is sufficient to deal with COVID-19.
Among the amended regulations include the number of mourners at funerals which has now been increased to one-hundred people. According to Dlamini-Zuma, the number of mourners will, however, be determined by the size of the venue and whether government’s health protocols can be followed. Night vigils are still not allowed, while night clubs will remain shut. Dlamini-Zuma says any events outdoors will only be allowed five-hundred people at a time while recreational facilities like gyms are now allowed to operate at 50-percent capacity. The minister says don't forget the curfew, which is from 00:01 to 04:00. Current restrictions on sports events remain in place. Cruise ships are still not allowed to operate but buses and taxis can operate locally. Dlamini-Zuma says international travel will be allowed from 1 October but there will be a schedule of countries that will not be allowed because of their infection rate. PHOTO: (thesouthafrican)