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South Africa’s Lockdown Alert Levels Explained

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For today’s article we will go over what the Covid-19 Alert Levels are and give a brief explanation what each level means. With the lock down almost over, a lot of people feel relieved and are anxious to get back to work. However, after President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday 30 April 2020, he announced an implementation of a “risk adjust strategy” by means of different lockdown alert levels. This means that the South African government will take a cautious approach to easing the current lockdown restrictions by applying lockdown alert levels for each province.

Ramaphosa also announced and stated that there will be a national level, and separate levels for each province, district and metro in South Africa. This is to, “ensure that our response to the pandemic can be as precise and targeted as possible” Ramaphosa said.

South Africa will begin a phased and gradual recovery of economic activity after Thursday 30 April 2020.  Currently we are still at Level 5 which requires you to stay home as it’s a full national lockdown to contain the spread of the virus. This will end at the end of April and Level 4 will begin on Friday 1 May 2020.

The five Covid-19 alert levels?

Level 5

High virus spread, and/or low health system readiness.

Only essential services, bus services, taxi services, UBER and private motor vehicles may operate at restricted times, with limitations on vehicle capacity and stringent hygiene requirements. No inter-provincial movement of people, except for transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances (e.g. funerals).

Level 4

Moderate to high virus spread, with moderate readiness

Sectors Permitted

All essential services, plus: Food retail stores already permitted to be open permitted may sell full line of products within existing stock.

All agriculture (horticulture, export agriculture including wool and wine, floriculture and horticulture, and related processing) Forestry, pulp and paper Mining. (open cast mines at 100% capacity, all other mines at 50%)

All financial and professional services, global business services for export markets, postal and telecommunications services, fibre optic and IT services, Formal waste recycling (glass, plastic, paper and metal)

Transport Restrictions

Bus services, taxi services, UBER and private motor vehicles may operate at any time of the day, with limitations on vehicle capacity and stringent hygiene requirements.

Movement Restrictions

No inter-provincial travel or movement of people, except for transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances (e.g. funerals). Unfortunately, no cross-border friend and family visits or gathers yet.

Level 3

Moderate virus spread, with moderate readiness

Sectors Permitted

Licensing and permitting services, deeds offices and other government services designated by the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

Take-away restaurants and online food delivery, Liquor retail within restricted hours

Clothing retail, Hardware stores.

Stationery, personal electronics and office equipment, production and retail. Books and educational products, E-commerce and delivery services. Clothing and textiles manufacturing (at 50% capacity).

Automotive manufacturing, Chemicals, Bottling, Cement and steel, Machinery and equipment, Global Business Services, SANRAL construction and maintenance Transnet at 100%.

Transport Restrictions

Bus services, taxi services, UBER and private motor vehicles may operate at any time of the day, with limitations on vehicle capacity and stringent hygiene requirements. Limited passenger rail restored, with stringent hygiene conditions in place. Limited domestic air travel, with a restriction on the number of flights per day and authorisation based on the reason for travel.

Movement Restrictions

No inter-provincial travel or movement of people, except for transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances (e.g. funerals).

Level 2

Moderate virus spread, with high readiness

Sectors Permitted

Construction and all other retail. All other manufacturing and Mining. (all mines at 100% capacity). Government services, Installation, repairs and maintenance. Domestic work and cleaning services as well as Informal waste-pickers.

Transport Restrictions

Domestic air travel restored, and car rental services restored.

Movement Restrictions

Movement between provinces at Level 1 and 2 restrictions.

Level 1

Low virus spread, high health system readiness

Sectors Permitted

All sectors.

Transport Restrictions

All modes of transport, with stringent hygiene conditions in place.

Movement Restrictions

Interprovincial movement allowed, with restrictions on international travel.

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