Relaxed lockdown: Casinos, theatres – and hairdressers – to return, Ramaphosa says

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Cyril Ramaphosa in a mask
President Cyril Ramaphosa during a previous address to the nation. (GCIS)
  • Casinos and theatres will be able to open again soon, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.
  • Hairdressers too will be allowed to open, and restaurants will be allowed to serve sit-down customers.
  • There will be limits on the number of people, though, and other details are still to follow.
  • Here are all the businsses Ramaphosa said will be able to open under modified lockdown restrictions.
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A wide range of businesses and services will be allowed to return to work again soon, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday.

Details – and dates – are still to follow, but close-contact services such as hairdressers, and group events such as business conferences, will all be unbanned, Ramaphosa said.

These were previously considered too dangerous as potential spreading grounds for Sars-CoV-2.

Here is everything President Cyril Ramaphosa said will be allowed again soon, more than 80 days into lockdown:

  • restaurants for sit down meals
  • "accredited and licensed" accommodation – but with the specific exception of "home-sharing accommodation like Airbnb"
  • conferences and meetings "for business purposes", with limitations on the number of people
  • cinemas and theatres, likewise with limits on the number of people
  • casinos
  • hairdressers, beauty salons, and other personal care services
  • non-contact sports, including tennis, golf, and cricket

Contact sports "will be allowed only for training and modified activities with restricted use of facilities", Ramaphosa said.

He did not mention gyms. 

Now allowed under Level 3

The cabinet decision to reopen such businesses followed "discussions with industry representatives on stringent prevention protocols and after advice from our scientists and consultation at a provincial level with our premiers as well as discussions in the National Coronavirus Command Council," Ramaphosa said.

"We have taken this decision with due care and seriousness, appreciating the risks associated with each activity and the measures needed to manage those risks."

Ramaphosa made no mention of restrictions continuing to apply in hotspot provinces or metros, an idea that had previously been floated under a differential model in which the lockdown level would be determined by the level of coronavirus spread and the readiness of the health system in any given area.

Nor did he mention the sale of cigarettes, or when bars and clubs may be allowed to operate again.

See also:

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(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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