President Cyril Ramaphosa said nearly all restrictions on the country’s economy will be eased from Monday.
Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday that all indications were that South Africa had reached the peak of COVID-19 infections, as he announced a sweeping removal of lockdown restrictions on the economy.
Domestic travel, small family gatherings and the reopening of businesses will all be allowed.
His televised address, Ramaphosa said the government would end the ban on alcohol and tobacco, allow restaurants and taverns to return to normal business, subject to strict hygiene regulations, and remove the ban on travel between provinces.
He said a fall in the infection rates, as well as people recovering, were “significantly reducing the pressure on our health facilities”, but he cautioned that cases could easily surge if people fail to maintain vigilance.
Restrictions on international travel remained in place, he said.