WATCH | This is what Gauteng residents got up to on day one of Level 4

2020-05-01 21:30

Highways remained mostly quiet, but Gauteng's suburbs bustled with activity on day one of the Level 4 lockdown.

Friday saw a general easing of regulations, allowing people to exercise outside, and the re-opening of certain shops, such as hardware and clothing stores, after five weeks of restrictions that plunged the country's struggling economy deeper into turmoil.

Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg was a hive of activity on Friday morning, with some residents out on their bikes, others stretching on the road, and some running with family members and pets. There were similar scenes at Zoo Lake, where scores of residents, young and old, were out and about in their gym kits.

The Grasmere toll plaza also saw an influx motorists returning to the country’s economic hub.

No mask, no shopping

A no-mask-no-entry policy at Johannesburg shopping malls was enforced as the city's residents took advantage of the relaxed regulation to shop for items such as winter clothing, heaters and other goods. Those without masks were turned back, while enforced washing of hands and sanitiser were the order of the day. 

Various government officials have reiterated the wearing of face masks was considered mandatory.

Some Soweto shoppers feared the country could return to a Level 5 lockdown if regulations are not adhered to. They were worried about sharing trolleys that are not sanitised, lack of social distancing and some shoppers not wearing masks in shopping malls.

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- Compiled by Kate Henry

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