EDITORIAL | SA must get over Covid fatigue and take things seriously
Government seems to have learnt from its mistakes. It’s time for citizens to do the same before more people starve
President Cyril Ramaphosa moved SA from Covid-19 alert level 2 to level 3 on Tuesday evening, as new infections surge across the country and experts warn the third wave will be our greatest tsunami to date. Yet the new restrictions announced by the president are a far cry from the tight regulations SA went through last year.
The new level 3 includes a curfew from 10pm to 4am and restricted alcohol sales — Monday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm — and new limitations to the number of people who can attend indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Restaurants, bars and fitness centres remain open this time and there was no mention of schools, now busy with midyear assessments, shutting down. Interprovincial movement is not affected and tourism institutions can continue to operate. The banning of cigarette sales has not been mentioned for months and the blanket ban on alcohol sales appears to be in the past, not to mention last year’s bizarre regulations under which only certain types of clothing could be sold...