The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has agreed that there should be a 22:00 curfew in Covid-19 hotspot areas across the country. They also agreed that alcohol sales should be restricted to Monday to Thursday. Pubs and taverns should also close at 21:00.
The NCCC met on Tuesday when it recommended that the consumption of alcohol be banned in public areas, such as beaches and parks. Restaurants should be shut by 21:00 in hotspot areas.
Public gatherings in hotspot areas should be limited to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors. This include religious events. NCCC also agreed that there should be regionalised restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus in hotspot areas, such as Nelson Mandela Bay and the Garden Route.
The list of Covid-19 hotspot areas is not finalised but the main focus now is on the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. For the rest of the country it appears that Level 1 lockdown will remain in place.
The biggest risk is at Mandela Bay as the hospitals are full – including the private healthcare facilities. Another concern is that the country is expecting an influx of people from Gauteng and the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape for the festive season and it is posing a challenge for local authorities.
The NCCC recommendations are being discussed this morning at a meeting of the Presidential Coordinating Council and there might be counter-proposals. Cabinet is expected to meet to rubber stamp the recommendations before President Cyril Ramaphosa announces the new measures this week.