- The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, says public schools will reopen on 19 July, instead of 26 July. This as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last night that school will have to close from this week Wednesday. Minister Motshekga briefed the media on the updated school calendar this morning. She added that the vaccination programme for basic education sector personnel, will proceed as planned.
- The Minister of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs, Doctor NkosazanaDlamini-Zuma, today gazetted the regulations for the Adjusted Alert Level four lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation last night to announce that the country will move to adjusted lockdown level four for the next 14 days. Within these regulations, public spaces are permitted to close, including gyms and fitness centres, markets, casinos, night clubs, cinemas and theatres. Holiday venues like hotels, lodges and B&Bs may only continue operation at a 50% capacity while offering room service and food deliveries only.
- Under the measures announced, all gatherings will be prohibited, there will be a curfew from 21:00 to 04:00 and the sale of alcohol will be banned. Public school holidays would be brought forward to Wednesday this week and travel to and from Gauteng would be limited to work and commercial purposes only. Restaurants and other eateries will only be permitted to sell food for takeaway or delivery.
- Meanwhile, restaurants criticized the new lockdown regulations. They are of the opinion that selling meals for takeaways and delivery will not cover their costs. The restaurants say banks, landlords and suppliers need to support them during the lockdown. At the same time, the National Liquor Traders says it takes exception to the government’s decision to ban alcohol without consultation. Under lockdown alert level four, the sale of alcohol for both off-site and on-site consumption is prohibited for 14 days. National Liquor Traders convenor Lucky Ntimane says this comes as a hammer blow to some of their struggling members. He adds that they are bitterly disappointed by the announcement.
- Further, President Ramaphosa last night reminded each citizen to wear their mask when visiting public spaces. He reminds South Africans that failure to adhere to the regulations is a criminal offence. Ramaphosa says the increase in cases indicated that people in the country have started to let their guard down, which is a cause for great concern.