Good news for salons! Following the Presidential address on the evening of 12 July, President Ramaphosa has announced that the country will remain on Level 3 lockdown and will not return to a higher level.
However he expressed serious concern over the surge in cases that has led to South Africa being ranked 10th in the world for Covid-19 infections.
As a result, owners of public buildings as well as public transport operators will be legally obliged to ensure that people on their premises wear masks.
"Employers, shop owners and managers, public transport operators, and managers and owners of any other public building are now legally obliged to ensure that anyone entering their premises or vehicle must be wearing a mask," Ramaphosa said.
This will hopefully make it easier for salons who have encountered instances where staff, chair rentals, or clients, have objected to wearing masks. It is now the law, there is no grey area.
Other changes to the lockdown regulations include the alcohol ban being reinstated with immediate effect, as well as a curfew put in place from 9 pm to 4 am. This is in order to prevent alcohol-related violence and road accidents, and thereby free up hospital beds and resources which can be allocated to the surge of Covid-19 patients.
Visiting family and other social gatherings are still not allowed, however, parks are now open for exercise.
The full summary of the new lockdown regulations is available in this LINK. We hope that all salons stay safe during this time, and urge everyone to follow the protocols to the letter. It is up to every one of us, through our individual actions, to stop the spread of this virus.
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