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Cinemas, hair salons, casinos & others to reopen - Ramaphosa

His address follows a number of meetings of the Cabinet, the national coronavirus command Council and the presidential coordinating council.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on 17 June 2020 on the easing of level 3 lockdown restrictions. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday evening announced that additional economic sectors would now be allowed to reopen under level 3 of the national lockdown.

Ramaphosa is currently addressing the nation on developments in the country's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19.

His address follows a number of meetings of the Cabinet, the national coronavirus command Council and the presidential coordinating council.

The industries affected would include the personal care services - which included hair salons – restaurants for sit-down meals, and conference for work purposes.

The sectors would be allowed to operate under strict measures to ensure physical distancing and personal hygiene, Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa said the decision by the National Coronavirus Command Council was taken with "seriousness and due care".

He said these industries employed well over 500,000 people and government had to think about these people and their livelihoods while saving lives.

The dates for the reopening of these sectors is yet to be announced.

The president also announced that South Africa now had 80,412 active COVID-19 cases, with 1,674 deaths.

WATCH LIVE: President Ramaphosa addresses the nation