SA moves to adjusted alert Level 3 on 26 July 2021: Ban on alcohol sales partially lifted, interprovincial travel reopens

The sale of alcohol has partially been lifted President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 25 July 2021, following consultations with the National Coronavirus Command Council.

Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 20h00, this includes restaurants, shebeens and bars. These outlets may only remain open until 21h00, with the general curfew remaining between 22h00 and 04h00.

The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption would be allowed from Monday to Thursday between 10h00 and 18h00. 

The hours of the curfew will begin at 10pm and end at 4am.

Non-essential establishments like restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centres need to close by 9pm to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew.

Ban on leisure travel to and from Gauteng lifted
Inter-provincial travel for leisure is now permitted for all provinces, meaning that the public is once more able to travel to and from Gauteng via land borders and air travel.

Gatherings will be allowed but will be limited to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.

The limits on venue capacity also apply to restaurants, gyms, fitness centres, bars, taverns and similar places.

Attendance at funerals and cremations may not exceed 50 people and all social distancing and health protocols must be observed.

Night vigils and after-funeral gatherings are not allowed.

The wearing of masks in public
It remains mandatory for every person to wear a face mask that always covers their nose and mouth at all times when in public spaces.

To read the updated regulations click here. To read the President’s full speech click here.

To view FEDHASA’s response following the Presidential address, click here.

FEDHASA will keep you updated on more information, as and when it becomes available.


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