Level 4 remains, but with changes
President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended South Africa’s level 4 lockdown for another 14 days, with restrictions remaining in place until 25 July.
In a national address on 11 July, Ramaphosa said that the last two weeks of restrictions were necessary to curb the third wave of infections in South Africa which has been caused by the Delta variant of COVID-19.
While Gauteng is still the epicentre of these infections, the President said that cases are now surging in other provinces with the healthcare sector increasingly under strain. Infections are rapidly increasing in the Western Cape, Limpopo, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, he said.
As a result, the president said that Cabinet after consultation
with the provinces has decided to maintain the country at adjusted alert level
4 for an additional two weeks.
The COVID-19 TERS benefits will be extended to employees affected under the adjusted level 4 lockdown.
“We recognise that restrictions have had consequences for individuals, for households, and for businesses that were already under pressure before the pandemic,” Ramaphosa said.
He explained that after the move to alert level 4 on June 27, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) started negotiations with social partners to address the difficulties of employees who had lost their income under the restrictions.
“On the basis of these discussions, the UIF has decided that the COVID-19 TERS scheme should be extended to sectors that are affected by adjusted level 4 restrictions,” he said.
The details of the extension will be published shortly following the finalisation of the full scheme, which will include further information on who is eligible for this support.
To read the statement issued on the extension of UIF TERS, click here.
The following adjustments apply to alert level four:
- Restaurants and eateries will be able to operate while observing strict health protocols. Such establishments may not accommodate more than 50 people at a time or for smaller venues more than 50% of their normal capacity.
- Gyms and fitness centres may open.
From July 11 to July 25, the following measures will remain in place:
- All social, political, religious and other gatherings remain prohibited.
- A curfew remains in place from 9pm until 4am and only those with permission to do so may leave their homes during this period.
- The sale of alcohol remains prohibited.
- Schools will remain closed until July 26.
To view and download the updated regulations, click here.
SATSA will keep you updated and informed on any further updates as and when information becomes available.