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Easter travel restrictions: Here’s what you need to know

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Tuesday, 30 March 2021.

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With Easter weekend up coming, South Africans are rightfully concerned about how President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “family meeting” would affect the long weekend. Here’s what you need to know.

Easter travel restrictions, April 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday, 30 March 2021, addressed the nation once more, this time to announce some of the restrictions put in place to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 cases over the Easter weekend.

Thankfully, interprovincial travel will remain in place for the upcoming Easter weekend. However, the president urged South Africans to observe the necessary health protocols when travelling.

“Unchanged restrictions include a curfew from midnight until 4 am. Beaches will remain open, funerals remain restricted to the maximum of 100, interprovincial travel remains open COVID-19”

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Easter weekend protocols

As it stands, land borders are still closed and off-limits, but inter-provincial travel is allowed. Masks are still mandatory and the curfew remains as is, from midnight until 4:00.

Church gatherings are restricted to 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors, and public areas will remain open with the necessary COVID-19 precautions and health restrictions in place.

In addition, no alcohol for offsite-consumption will be sold over the Easter weekends (four days) and no sales will be allowed from liquor stores. However, on-site consumption is permitted.

As previously communicated, bars and restaurants will close their doors by 23:00, in order to allow customers and staff to return home before the curfew comes into effect. Nightclubs will remain closed.