For just over two months, South Africans have found their daily freedom and way of life changing in an instant with the implementation of the nationwide lockdown.
On May 24, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country will now be moving to Level 3 of the lockdown. An announcement which was welcomed by some, with the president announcing that some of the lockdown regulations would now be eased.
Taking centre stage on Thursday, May 28, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma announced the Level 3 lockdown regulations. Giving South Africans a clearer picture on what to expect.
“These next phases of our fight and Level 3 allows us to open up all the productive sectors of our economy, all be it to a moderate degree in some high-risk sectors,” she said.
Furthermore, Dlamini-Zuma said this risk level, thanks to the employ of the Risk Adjusted Strategy, allows us to maintain the delicate balancing act between saving the lives and livelihoods of South Africans.
With Level 3 of the lockdown coming into effect as of Monday, June 1, what can South Africans expect?
“As said by the President, we will lift the curfew and allow more time for exercising, walking, and cycling,” Dlamini-Zuma said.
However, she elaborated that this is permitted if it is not done in organized groupings. In this regard, health protocols and social distancing must be strictly observed. Exercise will also only be allowed from 6am until 6pm.
Public training, fitness and recreation facilities remain closed except those conducting non-contact sports matches, without spectators.
“Workplace gatherings for work purposes will be permitted under strict conditions, and the observance of health, hygiene, and social distancing protocols.”
Dlamini-Zuma emphasised that employers must ensure that the 1.5 metres distance is maintained among employees. “We will have to limit the number of people in the workplaces, so that we minimise the chance of infection,” she added.
In minimising the chances of infection, on site consumption places for food, entertainment and recreation will remain closed.
These include places such as restaurants, shebeens, taverns, night clubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, fêtes, bazaars; casinos; and similar places.
As will hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, timeshare facilities and resorts and guest houses, remain closed. Except those accommodating the remaining and confined tourists, persons lodging because of work purposes; and persons in quarantine or isolation.
With regards to funerals, Level 3 will still limit interprovincial travel for the purposes of attending funerals.
Those permitted to travel, according to Dlamini-Zuma, are legal spouses or partners of the deceased; children or grandchildren of the deceased, whether biological, adopted or stepchildren; children-in-law of the deceased; parents of the deceased whether biological, adopted or stepparents; siblings, whether biological, adopted or stepbrothers or sisters of the deceased; and/or grandparents of the deceased.
The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products remains prohibited, except when they are destined for the export market.
The sale of liquor in licensed premises will now be permitted as of the 1st of June 2020, for the limited period between Mondays and Thursdays from 9am and 5pm.
International ports of entry remain will remain closed, except for those designated by the Minister of Home Affairs to undertake:
- The transportation of fuel cargo and goods.
- Humanitarian operations, repatriations, evacuations, medical emergencies, movements for diplomatic and international organisations and staff and other exceptions.
Religious gatherings, such as church services, will be allowed as of June 1. Dlamini-Zuma says this is as long as health, hygiene and social distancing is observed.
“This means that we must maintain 1.5metres between the maximum of 50 congregants, should the chosen venue be able to accommodate such. We must all be wearing masks when we attend our places of worship, and the washing of hands or sanitization should be undertaken prior to worship.”
Places of worship must also be sanitized, and the screening of participants is mandatory.
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