New curfews, booze restrictions on the cards for Eastern and Western Cape

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A reintroduction of lockdown restrictions is being considered for South Africans in areas with high levels of Coronavirus infections, reports say.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to chair a meeting with the President’s Coordinating Council today (on Wednesday) to discuss considerations made by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Tuesday.

The NCCC met this week to tackle the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

According to News24, restrictions suggested include limiting the sale of alcohol, stricter curfews, and restricting the number of people at gatherings.

“The NCCC has agreed that there should be a 22:00 curfew in Covid-19 hotspot areas across the country, that alcohol sales should be restricted to Monday to Thursday, and that pubs and taverns should be shut at 21:00,” the article reads.

A source told News24 it was agreed there should be regionalised restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus in hotspot areas, such as Nelson Mandela Bay and Garden Route.

Other concerns raised at the meeting include hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay being full and an expected influx of Gauteng and Western Cape visitors to Eastern Cape.

Public gatherings, in hotspot areas, should be limited to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors.

The source told News24 a recommendation that all post-funeral events be banned was also made.

Cabinet is set to meet to sign-off on the recommendations before President Ramaphosa announces the new measures this week.