Starting from Friday 1 May
South Africa will move to stage four of it’s lockdown which will have a curfew and there will also be a limited return of the workforce.
The curfew will start from 8 pm and will end at 5am every day, as the country start to relax it’s restrictions through a tiered system in an attempt to get the economy back up on its feet and running again.
This was announced after health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that 4,361 people have now tested positive to the Covid-19 in South Africa.
Mkhize also confirmed that the number of deaths due to the coronavirus has increased to 86, from the 79 deaths reported on Friday.
On Saturday the state announced to the public a domain a draft framework for a Risk-Adjusted plan to bring variety sectors of the economy under Level Four of the Lockdown back to work as said by president Cyril Ramaphosa. As of 1 may it is anticipated that 1.5 million South Africans will resume work under the new terms.Trade, Industry and Commission minister Ebrahim Patel gave a detailed report which shows the new strategy, which is out for public comment and can be found here.
During the delivering of his report the minister explained the classification of industries as part of the risk adjusted strategy on resuming the economy. When the lockdown started on 27 March, some sectors and industries were deemed important and they continued to operate. These sectors included all energy, water and sanitation, telecommunication infrastructure, health sector, food production, healthcare and hygiene products.
All important public sectors were also labelled as such. Most financial sectors and mining, construction, communication, media, call centres and parts of the public sector have also been functioning during lockdown.
Level 4 lockdown regulations
Level 4 will see the resuming of work for sectors like agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing and related services, including the export of agricultural products. Automotive production, inclusive of components, will be scaling up in phases to 50% employment. Stationery manufacturing will be scaling up in phases to 50% employment.
Cement, other construction material, and hardware, will from next month also scale up in phases of up to 50% employment. All other manufacturing will scale up to 20% employment.
In construction and similar services, road and bridge projects, other public works civil engineering projects and critical maintenance and repairs will also resume operation. Starting from next month, restaurants will be allowed to sell hot cooked food for home delivery only since Sit-in or pick-up are still prohibited.While the ban on the sale of alcohol will still be in effect in level 4 of the lockdown stationery and educational books as well as tobacco product sales will resume Personal ICT equipment, inclusive of computers, mobile telephones and other home office equipment, will be allowed in the eased regulations.
The stage four of lockdown will also result in the lifting of a ban on ICT services for all private and business customers.
When it comes to transport, public rail, minibus taxi and bus services will operations will resume at levels and on certain terms as will be set out in directions, depending on the progressive increase in commuter numbers during the various phases.
The mining sector will see open-cast mining being allowed to up to full employment. All other mining starting in batches, will increase up towards 50% employment. Patel said recycling of glass, paper and metal, including by informal recyclers, will be allowed at 50% capacity. Fitness fanatics will breathe a sigh of relief as they will from Friday be able exercise under certain conditions which are yet to be stated . These might include people not being allowed to train in groups and a ban on recreational facilities and gyms will still be in place.
Patel also stated that all Covid-19 health and safety measures will still have to be adhered to at all times. This, he said, includes the following of guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and hygiene, and use of the right personal protective equipment, like cloth face masks, as stated by the National Department of Health.
During level 4, people will be allowed to travel to perform and get services only when such services cant be provided from the comfort and safety of one’s home.