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SA moves to alert level 2 lockdown, government to introduce vaccine passports soon

South Africans could soon be required to produce proof of Covid-19 vaccination to gain access to public spaces.
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SA moves to alert level 2 lockdown, government to introduce vaccine passports soon

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced South Africa’s move to adjusted level 2 lockdown from Monday.

This means that the national curfew will start at 11 pm and end at 4 am.

All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 250 people indoors, as well as 500 people outdoors.

Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers, not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Ramaphosa siad that funerals are still restricted to 50 people. Night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings remain prohibited.

The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Friday. Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 10pm.

Alcohol consumption remains prohibited in public spaces.

The President also indicated that citizens could soon be required to produce proof of Covid-19 vaccination to gain access to public spaces.

He said plans to introduce Covid-19 “vaccine passports” will come into effect soon.

“The Department of Health is looking at a variety of mechanisms they have in other countries to either do it electronically, through a cellphone, which can be used as evidence of vaccination for various purposes and events,” Ramaphosa said.

 

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