Ramaphosa Gives July A Boost

South Africans can breathe a sigh of relief

In what will be good news for many, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that masks will no longer required to be worn outdoors.

This means that all attending today’s Durbanville racemeeting will be able to dispense with the use of masks when outside, but will still require them indoors.

Social distancing has been reduced to 1 metre.

In what is very positive news for the prospects of a near normal raceday on Hollywoodbets Durban July day, Ramaphosa also announced that the restrictions on gatherings were being significantly changed.

In previous regulations, the emphasis was on placing an upper limit on the number of people who could attend a gathering.

“The approach going forward is that both indoor and outdoor venues can now take up to 50 percent of their capacity, provided that the criteria for entrance is proof of vaccination or a Covid test not older than 72 hours. But where there is no provision for proof of vaccination or a Covid test, then the current upper limit will remain – of 1 000 people indoors and 2 000 people outdoors,” he said.

Ramaphosa said the change to the restrictions on gatherings will be of great benefit to the sporting, cultural, entertainment and events industries in particular.

“This means that if we are vaccinated or have recently tested negative, we will be able to return to watching sports in stadiums and attending music concerts, theatre performances, conferences and other events,” he said.


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