TSHWANE - President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday the lockdown will be gradually lifted to revive the economy.
The president explained the five alert levels that are going to be implemented from 1 May.
COVID-19: Ramaphosa to ease lockdown regulations
The country is currently at Alert Level Five and Ramaphosa said the gradual, phased recovery of economic activity will be measured and incremental.
On 1 May, South Africa will move to Level Four, meaning some business activity will be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions to limit community transmission and outbreaks
At all levels:
- Bars and shebeens will remain closed.
- Conference and convention centres, entertainment venues, cinemas, theatres, and concerts will remain closed.
- Concerts, sporting events, and religious, cultural, and social gatherings will not be allowed until it is deemed safe for them to continue.
On Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on the 1st of May the country will begin a gradual and phased recovery of economic activity.
The country is currently at Level 5 where drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.
During an Alert Level 5, all the lockdown regulations apply with no businesses apart from essential services operating.
At Level 4 some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.
- Those who are elderly and those with underlying conditions must remain at home and take additional precautions to isolate themselves.
- The sale of cigarettes will be permitted.
- The range of goods that may be sold will be extended to incorporate certain additional categories. These will be detailed by the relevant ministers.
- In some cases, a sector will not be able to return to full production during Level 4 while the risk of infection remains high. These will be spelt out next week following a final round of consultations.
- Every business will have to adhere to detailed health and safety protocols to protect their employees, and workplace plans will be put in place to enable disease surveillance and prevent the spread of infection.
- Businesses permitted to resume operations must first prepare their workplaces.
- The workforce must return in batches of no more than one third.
- Businesses will be encouraged to adopt a work-from-home strategy where possible. All staff who can work remotely must be allowed to do so.
Our borders will remain closed to international travel, except for the repatriation of South African nationals and foreign citizens.
No travel will be allowed between provinces, except for the transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances such as funerals.
Public transport will continue to operate, with limitations on the number of passengers and stringent hygiene requirements, including that all passengers must wear a face mask.
The public is encouraged to stay at home, other than for essential personal movement, doing essential work and work in sectors that are under controlled opening.
People can exercise under strict public health conditions.
All gatherings, apart from funerals and for work, will remain prohibited.
Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.
Level 2 involves the further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.
Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.
The president stated more detail on the specifics of each alert level will be communicated in the coming days.
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