South Africans breathed a sigh of relief as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night that a drop-off in new infections means restrictions can be – gradually – reduced, The national Alert Level will remain at three, despite the new rules resembling what had previously been envisaged as Level 2, Ramaphosa said, stressing that continued vigilance was important and that stepping down to Level 2 would send the wrong message. Among the changes announced was that the national curfew will now start at 11pm and end at 4am; gatherings remain banned but faith-based groups are allowed again with restrictions; beaches, dams, rivers, and lakes, “inclusive of all recreational facilities at these places” are open again with restrictions; and alcohol sales will be allowed again for offsite consumption from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, while the sale of alcohol in restaurants, taverns, bars, and clubs is allowed until 10pm all week long.