ramaphosa2News24 reports that a move to Alert Level 2 is understood to be imminent, with President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to announce an easing of Covid lockdown restrictions.

He met with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) on Tuesday to discuss the possible adjustments, which include an amended curfew from 23:00 to 04:00. Apparently among the recommendations were that the number of people at gatherings be increased from 50 to 100 indoors and 250 outdoors, including at sporting events. Offsite alcohol sales would also be allowed from Monday to Friday until 18:00 and on-site until 22:00. The government will apparently consider using incentives to encourage vaccinations, while also exploring the use of vaccination records to allow those who have received their jabs to be able to access activities and amenities. Ramaphosa moved the country to Level 3 in July. After Monday’s meeting, government spokesperson Phumla Williams said consultations would be held with political parties and the religious sector over the coming days and that the president would address the nation on the way forward.

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