Cape Town, 22 August, 2020 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Days after South Africa’s President eased some COVID-19 restrictions put in five months ago to minimize the spread of the virus, the Archbishop Cape Town has urged the people of God in his Diocese to remain vigilant and continue taking necessary precautions because the coronavirus has not yet been eliminated from the country.
In his Wednesday, August 19 video reflection posted on the Archdiocese’s website, Archbishop Stephen Brislin says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement shifting the COVID-19 status of the country to Level 2 lockdown starting Tuesday, August 18 is “wonderful news.”
“While this is very good news, we must be vigilant not to become complacent and careless. The COVID-19 virus is still present among us and so we must continue to take all the precautions, such as washing or sanitizing our hands, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing,” Archbishop Brislin says.
He continues in reference to observing the precautionary measures, “We have a responsibility to do so in order that the virus may be managed until such time as the danger has passed, which is going to take some time.”
“We are told that we will probably have to continue wearing masks for at least the next 12 months and this part of the “new normal,” Archbishop Brislin adds.