South Africa’s President, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa announced recently that the total lockdown that we have been in since the 27th of March 2020 will start changing to a staged lockdown. There are going to be 5 stages, 5 being the equivalent of the current total lockdown and stage 1 being the least stringent.
From the 1st of May 2020 the country as a whole will move into a stage 4 lockdown, however, individual areas can be moved into stricter or more relaxed levels, based on their infection rates. This could see some of the bigger urban areas that currently have higher rates of infection remaining in stage 5, while other areas move to stage 4 (or lower).
The major difference between the change for stepping down from Stage 5 to Stage 4 is to allow certain, limited economic activities to resume in the country, while still keeping the risk of infection as low as possible.
What you MUST do
- You MUST wear a cloth mask whenever out in public.
- There is a good article regarding what is right and wrong with types of masks and how to wear and wash them available here.
- You MUST have less than 3 people in private transport.
- Taxis MUST stick to less than 70% capacity.
- Taxis and e-hailing (Taxify/Bolt/Uber) must be sanitised daily and hand sanitiser must be available for fares.
- Social distancing rules MUST be complied with.
- Hygiene measures to continue (sanitising, temperature monitoring, etc).
What you CAN do
- All live-in staff may return to work.
- Those working for someone employed by an industry re-opened under stage 4 may return to work.
- You may now order takeaways for DELIVERY only.
- No customers may visit a restaurant or takeaway.
- Restaurants and takeaways may only open between 09h00 and 20h00 daily.
leaving the house
- You may leave the house for essential shopping, work, or medical reasons.
- People over 60 are encouraged to stay at home.
- Outside exercise will be allowed under strict circumstances, still to be confirmed.
- This should include running, walking, or cycling, BUT not in groups.
- You will be allowed to purchase tobacco products.
items that can now be purchased
- Winter Clothing.
- Baby/Children’s clothing.
- Educational Books.
- Personal technological equipment, including
- Mobile Telephones.
- Home office equipment.
- Fabric and materials required to manufacture face masks and PPE.
- Certain emergency vehicle repairs will be allowed for vehicles.
- Home Affairs will re-open for the re-issue of ID’s, birth certificates, and death certificates.
- The Deeds Office’s will re-open.
- Industries will re-open in terms of the schedule available on the SA Coronavirus Portal here.
What you CANNOT do
- Passenger air and sea travel remains prohibited.
- Alcohol sales remain prohibited at Stage 4.
- You cannot buy hot food directly at a shop.
- Gatherings remain prohibited at Stage 4. This includes church services, concerts, cinemas, etc.
- You may not visit family or friends.
- There will be a daily curfew between 20h00 and 05h00. You will NOT be allowed out between these times.
movement across provincial borders
- You cannot cross provincial borders unless for (you will need documentary proof);
- Medical Emergencies.
- You still cannot go to hair-dressers or other beauty related industries as the risk of infection remains high.
At stage 4, the government still recommends that people continue to work from home as far as possible, even where your industry falls under the list of those allowed to re-open.
We need to remember that the risk to our health (and those around us) hasn’t magically disappeared, the government is just now at the point where they believe that the curve has been flattened enough that our medical services should be able to cope much better with the future infections that will take place.
This is the end of our article on the Stage 4 Coronavirus Lockdown. We hope that you have gained some knowledge from it. For more, keep a look-out for our next article on Stage 3, this will be released as soon as the info becomes available.
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