LIVE BLOG: President Ramaphosa unbans alcohol sales

President Ramaphosa will give an update on the latest developments regarding the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

WATCH LIVE: President Cyril Ramaphosa address the nation on the COVID-19 regulations and the vaccine.

Fellow South Africans, that's a wrap.

Remember, you can't be forced to take the vaccine.

Here's what you can't do:

Go to games; rugby, soccer, cricket, netball etc.
Go in public without a mask, put it on or face criminal record.
Be out and about after 11pm

Let's recap what we can do under the eased lockdown level 3:

Buy alcohol from Monday-Thursday until 6pm
Go to church, but if there are 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors
We can go to beaches and parks
The curfew is now from 11pm-5am. 

Ramaphosa: Morena boloka sechaba sa gesho.
The president concludes his address. 

Ramaphosa: It's up to us to remain determined to beating this virus. We will recover and rebuild.

Back to the president, he urges employers to allow staff to work from home where possible.

Meanwhile, trending at number 2 on Twitter is #AlcoholBan...

Spectators at sports events are still not allowed. 

Ramaphosa says the country is still under lockdown level 3.

The president urges people to drink responsibly because the number of new cases is still high. 

The president says the sale of alcohol is now allowed for off-site consumption from Monday to Thursday until 6pm.

Ramaphosa says beaches and parks are now opened.

Faith-based gatherings can have 50 people indoors and 100 outside.

He says establishments may close at 10pm.

Ramaphosa: Cabinet has decided to ease the hours of the curfew, it will be from 11pm-5am.

Ramaphosa says restrictions shouldn't continue any longer than necessary. 

He says hospital admissions have also gone down.

Ramaphosa says infection rates have been coming down since December and the "we've passed the second wave."

Ramaphosa: Nobody will be forced to take the vaccine.

He assures the nation that the vaccines have gone through large trials to identify safety concerns to ensure that they are not harmful.

The president has tweeted his speech, you can check it out below:

Ramaphosa applauds MTN for donating $20 million towards the vaccine and urges the private sector to chip in.

He says Pfizer has promised to deliver 20 million vaccines.  

Ramaphosa: We've secured 9 million vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson.

The president says another 500,000 will arrive later in February from India.

Phase three of the vaccine rollout will ensure people make appointments at various centres to ensure they get jabs.

The president says once phase 1 is done then phase two will come into effect which covers essential workers, people over 60 and those with co-mobilities.

Ramaphosa: Now that they vaccines have arrived, they will be tested to make sure that their integrity has been maintained. It will then be administered to frontline workers. 

Ramaphosa thanks all South Africans who participated in the voluntary vaccine jabs.

President Ramaphosa begins his address talking about the AsraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine which arrived at the OR Tambo Int Airport today.

Fellow South Africans...

The president hasn't started yet...

While we wait for the family meeting to start, let's go to the streets to see what the comments are:

According to reports, Ramaphosa is set to drop the ban on alcohol and relax other restrictions.

But what's on the agenda tonight's agenda?

These addresses have fondly become known as family meetings. Tonight's meeting is scheduled  for 20:00, don't be late.

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