President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 today, Monday 1 February 2021, on developments in relation to the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet.
As the government faces much pressure from the tourism and hospitality industry as well as the alcohol manufacturing industry, many are speculating that the booze ban may be lifted.
It’s predicted that booze sales will be allowed, but limited to certain days of the week and banned on weekends in order to ensure hospital ICU facilities aren’t overwhelmed. Some are also predicting that the curfew may be relaxed.
Many South Africans are calling for beaches to be reopened. After a number of protests over the weekend, with large gatherings of swimmers and surfers at various beaches around the country, it’s expected that the President will also lift the ban on access to beaches, parks and other outdoor public spaces.
There is still some speculation around schools reopening on 15 February. But there has been a noticeable decrease in the coronavirus infection rate over the past few months, and most commenters are confident that the schools reopening will still take place on 15 February this year.
The President’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences.
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