President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that all of South Africa will be moving to Lockdown Level 3 from 1 June.
Hotspots have been identified. This points to areas where there are more than 5 cases for ever 100,000 members of the population. These hotspots, while being moved to level 3 with the rest of the country, will see interventions and extra measures be put in place and will be monitored. Every two weeks, these areas will be reviewed to see if the interventions and measures worked. If not, there's a chance they might be moved back to level 4 or 5.
These hotspots include: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay, eThekwini, Tshwane, Buffalo City, Ekhuruleni, West Coast, Overberg, Cape Winelands, Chris Hani district, iLembe district.
The following changes to restrictions will be seen with level 3:
- Alcohol ban will be lifted. However, you will only be able to buy alcohol on specific days at specific times.
- Tobacco ban stays in place.
- Curfew will be lifted.
- You will be allowed to exercise at anytime of the day but not in groups.
- More people will be allowed to return to work, an estimated 8 million. If you can work from home, you should.
- Grade 7 and 12 learners will go back to schools.
- 33% of Higher Education students will go back to campuses.
- All retail activities will be allowed.
- Gatherings and visits with family and friends are still prohibited.
- Funerals with 50 people or less are allowed.
- Meetings at workplaces are allowed.
- Religious gatherings are still prohibited but consultations on this subject are underway.
As we move to level 3, more of the economy will open up as the pandemic has resulted in it taking a huge knock.
On this move to Level 3, Ramaphosa stated, "However, I want to emphasise that the easing of some restrictions does not mean that the threat posed by the coronavirus has passed or that our fight against the disease is over. In fact, the risk of a massive increase in infections is now greater than it has been since the start of the outbreak in our country".