South Africa, which had one of the earliest and strictest conclusions in the world, announced further easing of anticoronavirus measures.
From September 20, the curfew for one night will be reduced, gatherings will be allowed at 50% of the capacity of the restaurant and the alcohol will be on sale again.
said President Cyril Ramaphosa in a televised address to the nation.
But the rules for social distancing and wearing masks will remain in force.
South Africa, which entered a national blockade on March 27, has so far reported more than 650,000 confirmed infections and more than 15,000 deaths.
However, the number of new cases dropped from about 12,000 a day in July to less than 2,000.
What did President Ramaphosa say?
“Now is the time to return our country, its people and our economy to a more normal situation, which is more like the life we lived six months ago,” Mr Ramaphosa said.
“It’s time to move on to what will become our new norm while the coronavirus is with us.”
The president announced that after consultations with health experts and officials from across South Africa, the country would lower its current alarm from level 2 to level 1 from midnight on September 20th.
- Social, religious, political and other gatherings will be allowed, as long as the number of people does not exceed 50% of the normal capacity on site, up to a maximum of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors
- The maximum number of people who can attend a funeral is increased from 50 to 100
- Places for exercise, recreation and entertainment – such as gyms and theaters – are currently limited to 50 people, will have the right to accommodate up to 50% of the capacity of their place.
- The national evening from 22:00 to 04:00 will start two hours later
- Alcohol will be allowed for consumption on site in licensed establishments
South Africa has closed its borders in the star of the lock, but President Ramaphos has said international travel will resume on October 1st. Those arriving in South Africa must present a negative test for coronavirus taken within three days of the trip.
Mr Ramaphosa also said that an additional stimulus package was being prepared to rebuild an economy devastated by the blockade.