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South Africa easing bans on alcohol, church

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:41 PM
Disinfection team disinfects a classroom at Ivory Park Secondary School east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, May 28, 2020, ahead of the June 1, 2020, re-opening of Grade 7 and 12 learners to school. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -The South African government says it will allow people to buy alcohol and attend church services starting Monday as part of its phased relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown.

Both activities will be subject to restrictions in a country with the highest number of cases in Africa.

Alcohol sales, banned since March 27, will be allowed four days a week. No alcohol can be purchased on Fridays and over the weekend and bars remain closed.

Alcohol may be consumed only at home.

Churches can reopen but must limit congregation size to 50 people.

Churchgoers and officials must wear masks and maintain social distancing. For those entering church, hand sanitising and screening will be compulsory.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, also said cigarette sales remain banned but a national night curfew will be lifted, and outdoor exercise will be allowed at any time.

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