Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s President has come under pressure from economists and the nation to ease the Lockdown.
The Lockdown had been eased to Level 4. However, in his intended speech tonight, no doubt prompted by the shrinking economy and dearth of employment and finances, he may rule for a further easing to Level 3.
He has previously stated what the world has come to know, that life “will not be life as we knew it before” because the number of Covid-19 infections continues to increase.
The goal is to steadily reduce the alert levels by keeping the rate of infection down to enable the health system to ready itself for the inevitable increase in cases.
What Level 3 would look like :
- Clothing, textiles and footwear ramps up to full capacity
- Stationary, books and hardware will be available
- Consumption of off-premise alcohol, subject to limited hours (Mon-Wed, 8-12)
- Postal and courier services resume
- Limited domestic air travel, with a restriction on the number of flights per day
- Full mining operations resume
- Gardening and swimming pool services
- Walking, jogging and cycling, but no time limits specified
- The sale of tobacco products
Although the sale of tobacco products and exercising is allowed under level 3’s draft plan, the initial draft also had this under level 4. Government u-turned on it’s decision to allow the sale of tobacco products and a time limit was placed on exercise.
- Curfews from 8pm to 5am
- Public gatherings prohibited
- Stay at home, other than essential travel for work and the purchase of essential items
- No recreational travel to meet family or friends
One thing is sure : the curve has climbed and will continue to do so.
Reference : http://www.timeslive.co.za