Ramaphosa ‘family meeting’ tonight: Is Level 1 on the cards?
It’s been confirmed. President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing the nation, on Sunday, on the strides made, thus far, in the fight against Covid-19.
Ramaphosa ‘family meeting’: Watch it live
The last time we heard from the president was on the podium of the National Assembly, where he responded to a scathing 2021 SONA Debate.
The vaccinated president will disrupt the airwaves for a public service announcement at 20:00. You can watch it live below:
Julius Malema hints at Level 1 announcement
As per usual, the presidency has not accompanied the announcement with any clues of what Ramaphosa will announce. However, the general sentiment seems to be that the government will look to extend the national state of disaster and ease lockdown restrictions in line with recent Covid-1 infection, hospitalisation and casualty trends.
Even EFF leader Julius Malema chimed in with this assumption.
I can smell👃 level 1— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) February 28, 2021
Another part of the address South Africans will look forward to is the recent acquisition of the second batch of 80 000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) doses.
Ramaphosa will most probably go into further detail on the results of the US Federal Drug Association’s (FDA) study on the vaccine which was approved for mass use on Friday.
An added benefit to the jab, it’s said, is the fact that it holds a 66% efficacy rate against the Covid-19 variant prevalent in South Africa and a 74% reduced asymptomatic transmission rate.
The president is also expected to go into further detail on the status of the country’s vaccine acquisition project which was recently boosted with a R10 billion guarantee from the public purse.
Level 1 lockdown: What are the rules?
If we are to believe Malema’s prediction which, you could say, may be educated, then these are the rules that will apply under Level 1 lockdown.
Movement of persons
- The curfew starts at 23:00 and ends at 04:00 (permit must be shown if caught outside); and
- closing times for faith-based institutions and social gathering venues (incl. gyms, restaurants, museums, cinemas) will be adjusted to 22:00;
Mandatory protocols when in a public place
The wearing of a face mask in all public spaces remains mandatory and social distancing must be adhered to at all times.
Attendance of funerals
- Funerals can be attended by 100 persons, not more than 50 in small venues; and
- night vigils and post-funeral events like ‘after tears’ are prohibited.
- Faith-based institutions and social gatherings (incl. gyms, restaurants, museums, cinemas, political events etc.) are allowed up to 100 persons indoors, 250 outdoors and not more than 50% capacity for small venues;
- sport attendance is allowed with the same capacity limits;
- beaches and parks will be open and accessible to the public between 06:00 and 19:00 and
- night clubs will remain closed;