Ramaphosa allows religious gathering with increased numbers

Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa increased the number of people allowed at religious gatherings over the Easter period, 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors.

Ramaphosa was addressing the nation on Tuesday.

“In recent weeks, we have held a consultation with faith communities to find mutually beneficial solutions to the challenges of managing large crowds at religious services,” said Ramaphosa.

“Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used.”

The president said congregants should not gather outside places of worship, and people must go home and not sleepover after services.

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe has welcomed the news, saying he is happy with an increase in the size of gatherings.

SA will remain on Alert Level 1 lockdown. The curfew will remain as is, while beaches, parks and dams will remain open.

The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will not be allowed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 2-5 April.



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