South Africa Moves to Lockdown Level Three

Event Africa Contributor 26/07/2021 Uncategorized

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday 25 July 2021, that South Africa would move to Covid-19 lockdown Adjusted Alert Level 3, with some adjustments. Little has changed in respect to the business events industry as of yet.

Amended Regulations Under Level 3

  • The curfew starts at 10pm and ends at 4am
  •  The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10am and 6pm Monday to Thursday.
  • Restaurants may serve alcohol on site until 8pm
  • Leisure travel to and from Gauteng is permitted.
  • Non-essential establishments such as restaurants, bars, taverns and fitness centres can reopen, but must close by 8pm to allow staff to travel home before curfew.
  • Gatherings are restricted to 100 people outdoors and 50 people indoors, alternatively 50% of the venue capacity to ensure adequate social distancing.

The president also made an emphasis on the importance of rebuilding businesses and the economy that has largely been affected following the recent violence and looting.

“The provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng were hit by deliberate, planned and coordinated acts of violence designed to create the conditions for unrest. This led to the loss of more than 300 lives, the looting of shops, warehouses and factories, damage to critical infrastructure, and disruption of the country’s economy,” Ramaphosa mentions.

Businesses that are insured will be covered by SASRIA; a state-owned insurance company which provides cover against incidents of public violence, riots and unrest. SASRIA has committed to expedite the payment of all valid claims, and is working together with private insurers to ensure that affected businesses may open for operation as soon as possible.

For businesses that were affected but may not be insured, the government will set aside dedicated funds and will soon announce a mechanism for these businesses to apply for support.

The COVID-19 TERS scheme was extended for those sectors which were affected by Alert Level 4 restrictions during the past 28 days. Applications for this period are open, the UIF will facilitate payments to support workers who have not received an income. UIF will provide income support to employees who have lost jobs as a result of the recent unrest, ensuring that jobs are protected and that workers can continue to earn an income as businesses rebuild.

“This will encourage employers to hire and retain employees, especially those in the retail and hospitality sectors which have been worst affected,” said Ramaphosa.