There will be no going to the beach this December for the people of South Africa’s Eastern Cape and in the Western Cape’s Garden Route — and beach days will be banned on specific days in KwaZulu-Natal, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night as he presented new measures to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the country. Ramaphosa said the new measures were necessary to preserve lives after the Covid-19 infection rate shot up to levels last seen earlier this year, while unlike the first wave, this time the new infections have affected youngsters in the age group 15-19. Play file: ENG Ramaphosa Threat Ramaphosa also said that after discussions at the National Coronavirus Command Council, social and religious gatherings would now be limited to no more than 100 people for indoor events and 250 people for outdoor events while music festivals at beaches have also been prohibited with immediate effect.