Covid19 Update

On the 23rd of March 2020, Our President Cyril Ramaphosa notified and addressed the South African nation about the changes that were to follow in order to keep the South African people safe, our Country afloat and limit the unemployment rate as much as possible. Our President said:

“My Fellow South Africans we will be entering into a national Lockdown to combat the spread and fight of Covid19 (also known as the Corona Virus)…. at midnight tonight”

During this time, we were not allowed to see our Family and Friends, our borders were closed effective immediately and certain industries were put to a grinding halt overnight. We were due to be in lockdown for exactly one month

Other measures that were put into place:

  • South Africa would be put onto a level system. 1-5 (Five being extreme measures, 1 being more relaxed)
  • Each level would have its own set of rules and regulations (how, when and where you could move around to)
  • The country would downgrade level by level, every second month or so.
  • A curfew was implemented: 4 am – 22 pm
  • The consumption of alcohol and cigarettes were banned effective immediately

Of course, at the time, being Locked down and confined to our Homes for 3-4 weeks didn’t sound all too bad, but little did we know. We are now 5 months down the line and we have yet to reach level 1 of the lockdown restrictions

This means:

  • 5 months of staying in your house
  • 5 months of no traveling
  • 5 months of not being in school or university
  • 5 months of working completely and totally from home
  • 5 months is 143 days in your home… just think about that!

But there has been a huge amount of confusion, mistrust, and anger toward the South African Government who, at the start of the Lockdown, took away the sale of Alcohol and Cigarettes. Now whilst this was done to ensure the Country remain as healthy as possible whilst fighting a World Pandemic, many people aren’t too convinced on the actual motives behind the ban (also considering many other countries still had their free will to decide what to consume) – strange I know

On the 15th of August 2020, 143 days into the National Lockdown, the President decided to address the Nation again (this time considering more than just the health of the country)

The President announced the following changes which will be implemented from Monday 17th August 2020 to revive certain industries, to try and recover the Billions lost and to decrease the unemployment rate:

  • You will be able to travel outside of your province – ban lifted
  • Restaurants and Bars can operate on good protocols – ban lifted
  • Cigarettes to be brought back – ban lifted
  • Alcohol to be brought back – ban lifted (terms and conditions)
  • Family and friends visit permitted – ban lifted (masks must still be worn)

Rules to remain in place:

  • International travel – banned
  • No gatherings of more than 50 people – banned. This includes Weddings and Funerals
  • No spectators at sporting events
  • Curfew still in place 22:00pm – 4:00 am
  • Please continue work from home where possible

The national state of disaster EXTENDED UNTIL 15 September 2020

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