South Africa is on adjusted alert level 1 lockdown with economic activity more open and people enjoying increased freedoms.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday night that Cabinet had decided to move the country to level 1 lockdown as of 12 midnight.
He said this comes after the meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President’s Coordinating Council as well as Cabinet.
“The following measures will apply as part of Alert Level 1: The hours of the curfew will change, [and will now be] from 12 midnight to 4am. Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will need to close by 11pm to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew,” the President said.
People will also now be able to gather in increased numbers: a maximum of 750 people permitted to gather indoors and up to 2000 allowed for outdoor gatherings.
“Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used. This includes religious services, political events and social gatherings, as well as restaurants, bars, taverns and similar places," he said.
There is also an increase in the number people permitted to attend funerals, from 50 to a maximum of 100 per funeral.
Ramaphosa said night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are still not allowed and the wearing of masks in public places remains mandatory. Failure to wear a mask where required remains a criminal offence.