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BREAKING: National lockdown update

The whole of South Africa will enter level 3 from 1 June

Latest update: 24 May 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa took to the podium on Sunday night to announce that South Africa will move to alert level 3 from 1 June. 

LOCKDOWN LEVELS: THE SITUATION NOW 
We are currently still in level 4 nationwide lockdown. From 1 June, the country will enter level 3. 

WATCH: CYRIL RAMAPHOSA’S FULL ADDRESS FROM 24 MAY

LEVEL 3: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

  • Everyone is still encouraged to stay home and will be required to wear a face mask outside of their homes. 
  • Alcohol will be sold for home consumption on specified days with limited hours.

  • You may exercise at any time of day.

  • Sale of tobacco products will not be allowed due to the health risks. 

  • The curfew will be lifted. 

HOTSPOTS MAY BE RETURNED TO LEVEL 4 OR 5
Ramaphosa defined hotspots as places where more than 5 people per 100,000 are infected, or where new infections and transmissions are increasing at a rapid pace.

Cape Town is one of the hotspots identified so far, along with the Cape Winelands, Overberg, and West Coast. Others include Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, and Ethekwini.  

Hotspots will be reviewd every two weeks. 

CONDITIONS FOR WORKPLACES
Workplaces may only allow employees to return to work in batches of thirds. Those who are able to work from home must be allowed to do so. 

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES MUST REMAIN CLOSED
Sit-in restaurants, hotels, bars, and shebeens will remain closed. Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, and concerts also may not operate. Delivery of food is allowed. 

NO GATHERINGS ARE PERMITTED
No social gatherings outside of a workplace are permitted. Conference and convention centres will remain closed, and sporting events will remain cancelled until further notice, along with religious, cultural and social gatherings. 

MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT USE
Passengers on all modes of public transport must wear a cloth mask to be allowed entry into any vehicle. Hand sanitisers must be made available, and all passengers must sanitise their hands before entering. Public transport vehicles must be sanitised on a daily basis.

PARENTS WILL NOT BE FORCED TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL 
Precautionary measures are being put in place with the reopening of schools, but parents will not be forced to send their kids to school.

THERE ARE FIVE LEVELS OF LOCKDOWN 
There are five alert levels, which will work similarly to loadshedding. These levels will be implemented based on the number of new infections and healthcare system readiness, which refers to the availability of hospital beds, personal protective equipment, medicines, respirators, and surgical equipment. 

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