Explainer: South Africa's 5-level coronavirus lockdown strategy

Explainer: South Africa's 5-level coronavirus lockdown strategy

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the tentative plans to reopen South Africa will take place in stages

- While more details are expected to emerge in coming days, the government has given an indication as to what will be allowed during these various levels

- Briefly.co.za explores what this plan entails as South Africa continues to fight the coronavirus

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a plan that will see SA entering five different levels of lockdown as the fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus continues.

Revealing the plan on Thursday evening, Ramaphosa said that the nation would be allowed to enter Level 4 of lockdown on 1 May, when the extended lockdown was originally set to end.

Briefly.co.za explores what will be allowed to happen at each of the five lockdown levels below:

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Level 5

South Africa is currently on Level 5 lockdown with the highest number of restrictions in place.

This level means that drastic measures are in place to contain the spread of the virus and save lives.

Level 4

South Africa is set to enter Level 4 lockdown on 1 May, with items such as cigarettes allowed to be sold in retail stores.

However, strict restrictions will remain in place while still allowing some activity to resume.

Level 3

This level will see many activities in the workplace and socially facing restrictions. This level will also bring a relaxation on numerous restrictions.

Level 2

Level 2 will entail physical distancing and restrictions on leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Level 1

This level is the last level before life is allowed to return to normal, with minimal restrictions in place.

While this approach does technically mean that the lockdown has been extended essentially indefinitely, it does afford citizens the opportunity to resume some activities.

Ramaphosa warned the nation that a spike in coronavirus cases could see the level being lifted back up to include harsher restrictions and called on the public to still practice social distancing.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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