South African COVID-19 Lockdown - Strict Transport, Alcohol Rules

 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said that transport services ahead of a 21-day nationwide lockdown that will restrict citizens' movement in an attempt to curb the COVID-19 outbreak but will operate under strict conditions. Additionally, amendments to the State of Disaster regulations stipulate that the sale of alcohol during the 3-week period would be strictly prohibited. President Cyril Ramaphosa also called for a national day of prayer. This comes after protesters in Port Elizabeth defied the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people, blocking roads and setting alight three buses, claiming the government has ignored their demands for service delivery. Similarly, Khayelitsha residents said the City of Cape Town "condemned them to death" after water cuts which they say put them at risk of the novel coronavirus.

Greenmarket Square in Cape Town, usually a vibrant place for tourist trinkets, was deserted ahead of the lockdown.

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