The South Africa Cabinet has approved the changes to Covid-19 regulations after a special cabinet meeting was held on 30 December 2021.
The country might have overcomes the peak of the fourth wave, according to the department of health, it has been reported that a decrease of 29.7% for Covid-19 cases has been detected in the ending week of 25 December 2021, even with the Omicron variant having taken over.
The special meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) was concluded with the cabinet approving the decision to make changes to the Adjusted Level 1 restrictions the country is currently in.
The change made to the restrictions is a lift to the curfew from 23:00 to none at all. Even so, the government is still urging people to follow protocol to prevent the spread of Covid-19, wearing of masks, social distancing and constant washing of hands or sanitising, are still compulsory. The risk of having an increase in positive cases is still high and people are asked to be wise with the decisions they take this weekend.
Because of the lift, alcohol establishments that have licence to operate, and have been adhering to cling doors at 23:00 or even earlier to meet curfew, have the opportunity to fully operate until 03:00 or over as per their licence restriction.
Vaccines are still available and running, and according to the department, taking the vaccination is the safest remedy available to avoid death or hospitalisation due to the virus.