Ten days after Covid made its unwelcome debut on our shores, President Cyril Ramaphosa placed South Africa under a National State of Disaster. We remained in that state for 750 days, receiving constant extensions that sparked criticism from opposition parties and experts. Well, things have changed – for now. Ramaphosa announced the state of disaster’s end this week, crediting a decrease in Covid-19 cases and deaths for his decision. But don’t burn your masks or chuck out your sourdough starters just yet. We’re still required to wear masks when indoors, gatherings should be limited to 50% of a venue’s capacity and attendees must produce a vaccine certificate or a negative Covid-19 test before entering. The same goes for travellers entering the country; a positive test will mean they need to quarantine for 10 days.
Ramaphosa will review his decision after 30 days. If cases start to rise, the country could re-enter a formal state of disaster.
This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 8 April 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.