Covid-19: SA moves into level 4 of lockdown: Still no alcohol or gym

Covid-19: SA moves into level 4 of lockdown: Still no alcohol or gym

- Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister Ebrahim Patel have given South Africa a summary of level 4 of lockdown will mean

- Agriculture and manufacturing sectors will begin to reopen, including retail stores

- Tobacco products will become available again as well as stationery and home office equipment

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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister Ebrahim Patel have given a briefing on the classification of industries as part of the risk-adjusted strategy on re-opening the economy as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The lockdown will continue and most restrictions will stay in place as it shifts to level 4.

Some companies will reopen and people can get back to work and the government has taken measures to ensure that the health system is not overwhelmed.

If the confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase then the lockdown will go back to level 5.

"You remain at home except if you are going to work, buy essential goods or seeking medial attention." Dlamini-Zuma said.

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The whole country is on level 4 but it might happen that some parts of the country are on different levels.

Visiting friends, neighbours and relatives still not allowed. Exercise will be allowed under very strict conditions. Gyms will remain closed.

When leaving home it will be mandatory to wear face masks and a curfew will be imposed.

Citizens above the age of 60 should stay at home if possible. Screenings will continue and will be carried out at all workplaces.

The level system has been developed to ease lockdown in a structured and clear way according to News24.

SYSTEM 1 - An alert system to determine the level of restrictions in place nationally, in provinces and in districts.
SYSTEM 2 - An industry classification for readiness to return at each level based on criteria, together with restrictions that should remain after the lockdown regardless of the alert level.
SYSTEM 3 - Enhanced public health and social distancing arrangements at workplaces and public spaces (including schools and Higher Education institutions that may reopen during the pandemic period).

"The restrictions are not destroying the economy, it is the virus itself," says Dlamini-Zuma.

Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel has taken the podium to talk about how businesses will operate.

Workplaces will have to educate their employees:

In addition to generally applicable health and safety protocols, each sector must agree upon a COVID-19 prevention and mitigation plan, approved by the Minister of Health and any other Minister relevant to the sector.
§Individual businesses or workplaces must have COVID-19 risk assessments and plans in place, and must conduct worker education on COVID-19 and protection measures:
• Identification and protection of vulnerable employees
• Safe transport of employees
• Screening of employees on entering the workplace
• Prevention of viral spread in the workplace
• Hand sanitisers and face masks
• Cleaning of surfaces and shared equipment
• Good ventilation
• Shift arrangements and canteen controls
• Managing sick employees

Level 4 will still include the bad on the sale of alcohol and organised sport is also not allowed. Agriculture, forestry and fishing will partially reopen including the transport of livestock, animal auctions and manufacturing.

Manufacturing sectors will begin to reopen including children's clothes, winter clothes, blankets, bedding, computers, mobile phones. Hardware, stationery production.

Retail stores will also begin to reopen: Children's clothing, winter clothing, tobacco products, stationery, home office equipment and IT.

A detailed document will be made available to the public.

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