Level 4 lockdown regulations

2020-05-13 06:05
PHOTO: SourcedMinister of Coopertative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who delivered part of the address last Wednesday.

PHOTO: SourcedMinister of Coopertative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who delivered part of the address last Wednesday.

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AFTER president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the phased reopening of the economy two weeks ago, it was up to the Command Council to draw up suitable regulations to provide for the allowance of activity to take place given the risk factor of the virus.

Considering themselves to be a ‘listening government’ the council allowed for public input be submitted, an endeavour which was well received.

It was due to this activity, that allowed government to reassess the notion of selling tobacco-related products and ultimately decided it was not the right time to remove that regulation.

Members of the council addressed the nation last Wednesday evening, while the finalized regulations were simultaneously being gazetted.

THE REGULATIONS ARE SUMMARIZED AS BELOW:

• All citizens are expected to stay at home, with the exceptions of work, and the purchasing of groceries, pharmaceutical products, toiletries, baby clothes, winter essentials etc.

• Children are allowed to move back home, and co-parenting movement is allowed.

• Limited exercise is permitted under level four. Persons can cycle, run, walk within a 5 km radius of their homes, and between 6 am and 9 am. Exercising under organized groups and clubs is not allowed.

• As more people will be going to work, they are expected to return to be at home and not visiting family and friends.

• Curfew will implemented from 8 pm to 5 am. Persons will need permit to be out during these times.

• Workers and pupils that need to commute over provinces will need permit.

• There will be no movement between provinces, except for a once off allowance.

• Funerals will be allowed under strict conditions. Only close relatives are allowed to attend.

Previous level’s permissions are required.

No crowds are allowed, and all precautions must be adhered to.

• Industries that will be opening, it is important to prepare properly. Health protocols must be observed, and companies must be Covid-19 ready. If the virus spreads, that company will be closed. Workers are to come in, in a phased manner, with a proper plan that is known by workers.

• Boarders are still closed, except for goods arriving or leaving the country. The movement of people are under special conditions and they must be quarantined for 14 days upon return. Foreigners can be repatriated them.

What is not allowed under level 4:

• People should not be evicted from residences and people should not take advantage of that.

They are not allowed to occupy land or houses illegally.

• Public transport such as taxis, private taxis and e-hailing are to remain as level five regulations. Due to more people going to work, busses and rail will be open under strict hygiene conditions.

• Transportation of cargo can be transported to ports for export.

All agricultural products are allowed to move to ports for exporting. Importing of items under level 4 can be transported.

• Places where people gather, such as parks, sports grounds, pools, beaches etc. are prohibited

• Restaurants are not allowed to open for sit down meals, can only operate to deliver food. These establishments will be open between 9am and 7pm

• Public visits to holding cells and health establishments will be under controlled conditions.

• The sale and distribution of alcohol is not allowed.

Transportation of alcohol will only be allowed only for export. Fewer alcohol related traumas have freed up hospitals

• Tobacco related products not allowed to be sold.

• Beauticians will not be allowed to open. However beauty related items can now be purchased.

• Accommodation is not allowed except for quarantine or essential services.

Other points for level 4:

• All persons have to wear a facemask when out.

• Persons flouting the regulations can face fines and imprisonment

• Sale of winter items such as heaters and bedding is now allowed.

• Employers are urged to allow employees to work from home where possible.

• Telecom services are allowed

• Postal services are permitted

• Recycling centres can now be opened

• Social Work services are now allowed

• Wildlife management is also allowed

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