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SA moves to level 4 lockdown from May 1, this is what life will look like

23 April 2020 - 21:27 By Jessica Levitt
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday night.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday night.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday night outlined a five-stage lockdown plan that will be implemented from May 1.

He said the plan was a risk-adjusted strategy based on a “deliberate and cautious approach to easing of lockdown restrictions”.

Ramaphosa said that because much about the coronavirus is unknown, action must be incremental.

SA is now in a level 5 lockdown, which requires drastic measures to save lives.

Level 4 allows some activity to resume while levels 3 and 2 ease restrictions and promote social distancing. Level 1 means that most activities can return to normal.

Here is what life will look like under a level 4 lockdown:

— Borders remain closed to international travel, except for repatriation of SA citizens and foreigners to their countries

— There will be no travel between provinces, except for transport of goods and exceptional circumstances such as funerals

— Public transport will continue but within limits and certain hygiene guidelines

— People can exercise, but under strict public health provisions

— Sale of cigarettes will be allowed

— Elderly and those with underlying conditions must stay home

 —Range of goods that can be sold will be extended

— Work from home if you can

— People encouraged to stay home

— Bars, clubs and shebeens remain closed

Ramaphosa said ministers would elaborate on details about the lockdown levels soon.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa updated South Africa on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the country on April 23 2020. He also announced the phased reopening of the South African economy. From the beginning of May, South Africa will go from alert level 5 to level 4.