The president in his speech tonight has anounced a new lockdown level 3 with added regulations. Due to the rapid rise in infections which is being fuelled by so-called super-spreader events, including like end-of-year functions, family and social gatherings, and music and cultural events.People have not been wearing masks, not washing hands or sanitising and are not keeping a safe distance from others. During the month of December, 4,630 public sector health employees contracted COVID-19, bringing the total number infected since the start of the pandemic to over 41,000. Unless we act now and unless we act decisively, the number of new infections will far exceed what we experienced during the first wave and thousands more people will lose their lives according to the president.
Under the adjusted level 3 regulations: All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days from the date hereof, except for funerals and other limited exceptions as detailed in the regulations, such as restaurants, museums, gyms and casinos. These will further be set out by the Minister in regulations and will be reviewed after that period.Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people with social distancing.Every business premises must determine the maximum number of staff and customers permitted at any one time based on our social-distancing guidelines and may not exceed that limit.The nationwide curfew will be extended from 9pm to 6am. Apart from permitted workers and for medical and security emergencies, nobody is allowed outside their place of residence during curfew.Non-essential establishments – including shops, restaurants, bars and all cultural venues – must close at 8pm. The list of these establishments will be released shortly. We now await the minister to outline the newly adjusted regulation.