Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says nightclubs are not allowed to operate under the current regulations.

No, nightclubs are not allowed to open under lockdown level 2.

On WEDNESDAY Kubayi-Ngubane hosted a media briefing to outline tourism-related activities that are allowed under level 2 of the risk-adjusted strategy.

“The issue of nightclubs, they are not allowed now in terms of the regulations,” said Kubayi-Ngubane. “Nightclubs open at night. I am explaining from my understanding, but the relevant minister who licenses them can explain, is that because of the 10pm curfew, the nightclubs normally go into the early hours of the morning.”

On Monday, co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said nightclubs would remain closed to the public, saying that young people “carry coronavirus to the elderly from nightclubs”.

“Having seen how young people have carried the virus to the elderly from nightclubs, we’ll continue with keeping our nightclubs closed,” she said. “We’ve heard from other countries who opened up nightclubs. They had to close them pretty fast because the virus was moving as fast and as energetic as the people at the nightclub.”

See media briefing below: