President Cyril Ramaphosa says high-risk economies such as hair salons and bars will remain closed under lockdown 3.
Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa has indicated that while South Africa will be entering Level 3 of the lockdown next week, the government won’t hesitate to take any area back to either Level 4 or 5 if the rate of infection is not contained.
Currently South Africa has 22 583 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 429 deaths and has been in lockdown since March 27.
In his address to the nation on Sunday evening, Ramaphosa said Tshwane, Joburg, Ekurhuleni, Ethekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and Cape Town have been identified as hot spots areas as infections keep increasing there as there are five infected people per 100 000.
“We are particularly concerned about the situation in the City of Cape Town and in the Western Cape generally which now has more than half the total infections in the country. We are attending to this as a matter of urgency.
“The list of the hotspots will be reviewed every two weeks depending on the progression of the virus,” he said.
Highlights from Ramaphosa’s speech:
Alcohol will be sold but only for home consumption but the sale of cigarettes will continue to be prohibited for health reasons.
Workers can start returning to work but employees over the age of 60 with cormobities should ideally work from home.
Companies must have a plan before opening and must ensure the daily screening of workers, quarantine those that are affected and assist with tracing those believed to have come into contact with an infected employee.
Spaza shops, retailers and informal traders will be allowed to trade.
Bars and taverns will remain closed while restaurants can only open for take aways, collections and drive-through orders.
Churches remain closed while the government continues with deep consultation with the religious sectors over how to reopen them.
Salons and entertainment places remain closed and conferences as well as others events remain prohibited.
People using public transport will be required to wear masks all the time and keep their distance from others commuters.
The government can’t allow a generation of pupils to be disadvantaged by Covid-19, Ramaphosa said, so schools will be reopened for Grade 7s and 12s on June 1 but no parent will be forced to send their child to school if they’re concerned about their safety.
The school calendar will be revised and curriculum trimmed so that the 2020 calendar year can be recovered.
People can now exercise any time of the day but not in groups.