President Ramaphosa extends Level 4 Lockdown until 25 July, restaurants can reopen!



President Ramaphosa announced an extension by another two weeks of the Level 4 Lockdown in a speech to the nation this evening.

However he announced excellent news for the restaurant industry.


The President spoke about the still rising case numbers, fueled by the new Delta variant. The Level 4 Lockdown regulations of the last two weeks reflected the high level of risk of the virus. The President said that infections are still at an extremely high level.  Gauteng accounts for half of the new infections.

The Cabinet has decided  to maintain the Level 4 Lockdown for another two weeks, until 25 July. However, the exciting news is that restaurants can reopen to a 50% capacity from tomorrow, such news not having been expected!  However alcohol will not be allowed to be served. The Government will provide TERS/UIF support, the President announced.

Last week the Restaurant Collective called on the Government to reopen the Sit-Down Restaurant industry:

Restaurant Collective plea to Government: please reopen restaurants on 12 July, even if without alcohol!

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June  is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

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