Ramaphosa Level 1 Easter Lockdown restrictions

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Adjusted Level 1: Six things South Africans CANNOT do over Easter

There’s a partial alcohol ban in place for the Easter weekend – but at Adjusted Level 1, the list of activities we’re banned from doing remains quite short.

Ramaphosa Level 1 Easter Lockdown restrictions

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Given the the fears raised by the scientific community in the past week, South Africa seems to have gotten off pretty lightly with the new Adjusted Level 1 restrictions. Rumours about 11-day lockdowns and a longer alcohol ban never came to fruition, as Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that Easter regulations would be in place for just four days.

Adjusted Level 1 restrictions for Easter

Although we can class this as some form of respite, we still need to be respectful of the laws in place. Restrictions may be quite light for the long weekend ahead, but there are several things mentioned last night that remain illegal:

  • – You still cannot visit a nightclub.
  • – Being out of your home between the hours of 00:00 – 4:00 is forbidden.
  • – Visiting a public or religious gathering with more than 500 people outside, or 250 inside, is off-limits.
  • – Non-essential business owners aren’t allowed to operate past 23:00, in respect of the curfew.
  • – Let’s talk booze: You CANNOT buy any alcohol from an off-license premises for four days over Easter.
  • – From 2 to 5 April, South Africans will be unable to visit a bottle store or purchase supermarket liquor.

Ramaphosa on the long weekend ahead

During our ‘family meeting’ on Tuesday, Ramaphosa hammered out the Adjusted Level 1 rules in a clear and concise manner. The only significant warnings sounded were for alcohol and religious worship. Despite there being a significant degree of leniency in the decision-making process, the president said all measures ‘would be reviewed’ in two weeks.

“Given the role of alcohol in fuelling reckless behaviour, we will put in place some restrictions over the Easter weekend. To this end, the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will be prohibited this coming Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. On-site sales at restaurants, shebeens, and bars will be allowed, according to licensing conditions, up until 23:00.”

“Religious gatherings over Easter will be restricted to a total number of 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with social distancing, no more than 50% of capacity may be used. Congregants should not gather outside their usual places of worship – people must go home, and not sleepover.”