South Africa’s government has introduced a set of stringent measures to curb a spike in new coronavirus infections, including an extended curfew and a ban on all alcohol sales ahead of New Year celebrations.
New Year’s Eve is typically “a time of festivity,” but “there is little cause for celebration this year,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a Twitter post on Monday, as he announced the raft of new restrictions, scheduled to take effect at midnight.
Under ‘Alert Level 3,’ people across South Africa will be required to wear masks in public places, as well as to avoid any enclosed or crowded public areas. Employers, venue owners and public transport operators were also ordered to ensure that their employees, visitors and passengers are wearing masks.
South Africa is at Alert #Level3: Enforcement of regulations #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/9szfyMBIGu— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) December 28, 2020
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