The next level of regulations isn’t going to be lockdown level 2, as anticipated, but rather Advanced Level 3 Lockdown. As part of the tiering down of the national lockdown in South Africa, Minister of Small Business and Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, revealed that the country would be moving to Advanced Level 3 Lockdown.
The minister stated that the advanced lockdown level 3 official decision will be made either Tuesday or Wednesday, as they are still waiting on the Health Advisory Council to give their recommendations.
What exactly does Advanced Level 3 entail?
We can’t say definitively what the regulations will be, but these are a few of the possibilities according to The South African:
|The personal care industry||Hairdressing businesses can reopen.
Massage treatments will be allowed at Advanced Level 3.
Nail and manicure services are also in-line for a return.
The guidelines on more specific treatments will be clarified ‘at some point this week’.
|Hospitality and other services||The opening of restaurants for ‘sit-down meals’ is now ready for approval.
The rules for the opening of hotels and B&Bs at Level 3 of lockdown are set to be relaxed.
And, in what some will see as a left-field choice, tattoo parlours are also likely to get the green light.
|Factors still under consideration at Advanced Level 3||The hours and days of when alcohol can be served.
When the cigarette ban can be lifted (not likely until at least Level 2).
The logistics of imposing ‘tighter rules’ for COVID-19 hot-spots, without knocking them down a level.
Minister of Small Business and Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni spoke to eNCA about the possibility of Advanced Level 3 Lockdown:
This is President Cyril Ramaphosa’s latest COVID-19 address: