President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstated the ban on alcohol and moved South Africa into Lockdown Alert Level 3 due to the surge in coronavirus cases. During his address on Monday, December 28 he said that hospitals are filling up and the lives of health care workers are being endangered due to non-compliance of South Africans.
“The sale of alcohol will not be permitted. The prohibition on consuming alcohol in public spaces remains. Distribution and transportation will be prohibited,” Ramaphosa said.
Travel has also been discouraged to avoid contracting and spreading the virus, especially when travelling to hotspot areas.
The president said during his last address he closed beaches on certain days but has now had to change that too.
“As the infections continue to rise Cabinet on the advice of the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided that all beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools in hotspot areas will be closed to the public with effect from tomorrow.
“National and provincial parks and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place may remain open to the public. Those living in the hotspot districts are strongly encouraged to minimise their travel within the district to essential travel so as to minimise contact with other people,” said Ramaphosa.