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Ramaphosa schedules family meeting for Monday night

Ramaphosa schedules family meeting for Monday night

President Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to call another family meeting on Monday 1 February 2021 and address the nation with updates on his government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rumours have been brewing for several days that in light of declining daily COVID-19 infections, the country is likely to see reduced restrictions and possibly move to a lower level of lockdown.

In a statement released by the Presidency on Monday afternoon, they said that Ramaphosa’s address will outline the decisions made during meetings held between members of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and other relevant bodies tasked with managing the pandemic in South Africa.

‘President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20:00 today, Monday 1 February 2021, on developments in relation to the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic,” they said. “The address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet.”

The President’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences.

One restriction that the South African public will be eagerly hoping to be relaxed is the national alcohol ban, which has seen the booze and restaurant industry face immense challenges since it was reintroduced in December 2020. Discussions about lifting the alcohol ban have been well publicised in the past 24 hours or so – but it seems these talks are indicative of something bigger. It has been reported that several restrictions are now likely to be lifted alongside liquor prohibition.

Reports suggest that Cabinet is poised to ease COVID-19 restrictions, which see the country move to alert Level 2. That means the following laws would be altered:

  • Curfew hours are up for discussion, as the pressure to ease the nightly shutdown increases.
  • As proved to be a major sticking point this weekend, it’s likely that beaches will reopen in certain areas.
  • Alongside this, the list of ‘hot-spot regions’ is also likely to be revised.

A live stream of the address will be available shortly.

 


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