COVID-19: Ramaphosa announces changes to tobacco, alcohol restrictions

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RETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the significant lifting of the national lockdown regulations on Saturday, including permitting the sale of alcohol and tobacco products.

The president announced that the country will move to Alert Level 2 lockdown with relaxation of most of the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The sale of alcohol and tobacco products is allowed under the new alert level, as well as social and family gatherings.

Gyms and fitness centres will be permitted to reopen.

Appropriate restrictions and safety precautions will apply to protect public health.

The current restrictions on international travel will still apply, no gatherings of more than 50 people are permitted and the curfew between the hours of 10 pm and 4 am remains.

As South Africa moves to lockdown Level 2 on August 18, prohibitions on the sale of alcohol & tobacco products will be lifted. Gyms & fitness centres will be permitted to reopen. Appropriate restrictions & safety precautions will apply to protect public health. #COVID19SA pic.twitter.com/lWPDZeQ4cX— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) August 15, 2020

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