Visits to friends, neighbors or relatives are still prohibited in the next phase of the state of restriction.
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, emphasized this on Saturday when she, together with Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry, gave the country a glimpse of what life for businesses and ordinary citizens will look like once Level 4 of the restriction will come into effect on May 1.
According to her, most of the regulations of the current level of restriction (Level 5) will still apply during Level 4, although some of the regulations will be mitigated.
Thus, certain companies will reopen systematically. This means an average of 1.5 million people will be able to return to their workplaces.
However, strict hygiene and other health measures will apply.
An evening curfew will also be set between 20:00 and 05:00 in this phase, except for essential workers who have to go home or work. Other people who start working again should go straight home after work.
Dlamini-Zuma added that the rest of the people must remain at home during Level 4, except if they are going to buy essential goods, receive government grants or go for medical treatment.
However, all residents will need to wear face masks of cloth when leaving their homes.
“Socializing is still not allowed. You may not visit your friends, neighbors or family members.
“Exercise will be allowed, but under very strict conditions. Places such as gyms will remain closed, as well as organized sports, running or jogging will not be allowed. We will publish very strict regulation on how this can be done. ”
The regulations will be published on Thursday, according to Dlamini-Zuma.
“Travel between provinces will still not be allowed except in exceptional circumstances.”
These include people who have to return to work from other provinces if their sectors or companies reopen, as well as those who will attend burials under strict conditions.
This also applies to people who have to go back to school or universities if these institutions re-open.
“Besides that, you stay where you are. Stay home, ”Dlamini-Zuma said.