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News: What SA could expect from Cyril’s speech tonight

News: What SA could expect from Cyril’s speech tonight

According to various reports over the past week, lockdown level 1 will see further easing of restrictions, although some measures will still remain in place, BusinessTech reported.

The expected changes include:

  • The evening curfew;
  • Adjusting limits on gatherings, such as church services, by instead increasing it to a percentage of capacity (ie, 50% of a venue’s capacity instead of 50 people);
  • Opening up international borders, but only regionally to the rest of Africa
  • International travel to Europe and other destinations with a resurgence in Covid-19 infections are still seen as too high-risk, and re-importing the virus is a concern;
  • Social distancing, mask wearing, and hygiene protocols will remain in place.

TimesLive reported that travel from high risk countries including the US, the UK and major EU countries will remain banned.

An NCC insider told TimesLive while borders and other points of entry would reopen, government had decided that travellers from high risk countries not be permitted to enter South Africa. These include the US, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy – which are key markets for the revival of the tourism sector. But arrivals from India and Brazil, each with 4.3-million and 5-million infections respectively, will be allowed. “India and Brazil do not present high numbers for us.”

Travellers who display symptoms will have to quarantine at own cost, even if they produce evidence of having tested negative 72 hours before they travelled.

Arrivals will be required to provide a negative test result taken 72 hours before travel, allowing them access without quarantine, TimesLive reported.

Professor Alex van den Heever, chair in the field of Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies at the Wits School of Governance, told BusinessTech that a phased reopening is not logical.

“All borders should be reopened as there are no additional risks posed by an industry that is well organised, has stringent health and hygiene safety protocols in place and operates in low density settings.”

 


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