Yesterday, the new rules and regulations for Alert level 2 of national lockdown (now in effect) were officially gazetted by government.
In a nutshell, alert level 2 will see all industry return to work, the unbanning of both alcohol and tobacco products and changes to domestic travel. The national curfew will remain the same from 22:00 – 04:00 while restaurants will now be allowed to sell alcohol – but only until 22:00. Leaving the public to wonder; how will people be home in time (for curfew) after last rounds?
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While bars, shabeens and restaurants will reopen, nightclubs and large gatherings will remain prohibited as will international travel during Alert level 2. Below are some of the most noteworthy changes to regulations and the restrictions that come with the reopening of certain industries.
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- The sale of liquor by licensed premises for off-site consumption (by liquor stores) is permitted from 9:00 to 17:00 from Monday – Thursdays only.
- No alcohol can be sold on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays – this also includes public holidays.
- Licensed premises for on-site consumption are permitted to sell alcohol but only until 22:00. Unlike liquor stores, they can sell booze over the weekend and on public holidays.
- Only 50 people per venue will be allowed in at one time.
Level two has no restrictions or limits on the sale of cigarettes, vaping liquid, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco. Those products are now available for sale again.
You can have friends over, but only up to 10 visitors can come to your house. Whether that includes members of your household is unclear.
Interprovincial travel will be allowed for any purpose including recreation and leisure. Hotels, resorts, guesthouses and Airbnb establishments are permitted to do business again.
International travel for leisure is still prohibited.
Nightclubs, Concerts and Cinema
Only 50 people are permitted at an event, or in a cinema. Nightclubs and ‘Open-til-late’ venues will remain closed.
No spectators are allowed, nor international fixtures at any sporting event during Alert level 2.
Only up to 50 people may be admitted to a gym. The same applies to sports grounds and swimming pools.
Weddings & Funerals
Weddings are now allowed – but only up to 50 people. Attendance at a funeral is also still limited to 50 persons, and night vigils are still not allowed
Beaches and public parks can open at full capacity during Alert level 2.
Masks have been proven to be our strongest line of defence against COVID-19. Masks are still mandatory. The must be worn at all times in public both indoors and outdoors, on any form of public transport, or when entering a public building of any kind.