On Tuesday, 7 September, President Cyril Ramaphosa met with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC). The possible change to Alert Level 2 was discussed, as well as the possible amendments. This includes an adjusted curfew from 23:00 to 04:00.
It is speculated that the number of people attending gatherings indoors may be increased from 50 to 100. And for gatherings held outdoors, 250 people may attend. This includes sporting events.
Furthermore, it is said that offsite alcohol sales will be allowed from Monday to Friday until 18:00. On-site alcohol sales will be allowed until 22:00.
Government spokesperson, Phumla Williams, confirmed that consultations would be held with political parties and the religious sector.
“Following these discussions, the president will address the nation on the way forward to achieve population immunity through vaccination, to continue the protection of lives and livelihoods, and the conditions that would apply to a relaxation of regulations and directions linked to the national state of disaster,” she said.
Incentives can be expected in Level 2 to encourage citizens to get vaccinated
It is further speculated that the government will be using incentives to encourage those that have not yet received the jab, to get vaccinated. The government will also further explore the use of vaccination records to allow vaccinated citizens to be able to access activities and amenities.
Approximately, 14 000 000 vaccines have been administered to date in South Africa.
It is expected that the President will address the nation within the next few days.