About 8 million people in South Africa are expected to return to work on June 1 when this level is set.
The metro areas already declared hotspots are Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Ethekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and Cape Town.
Other areas include the West Coast, Overberg and Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape, Chris Hani District in the Eastern Cape and iLembe District in KwaZulu-Natal. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance, and Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry, provided more clarity on Thursday afternoon about the new measures.
Going to work
From 1 June, South Africans will be allowed to return to work, provided that the necessary safety measures are implemented at the workplace. This includes a Covid-19 safety plan and the appointment of an officer who will take the lead among employees to ensure that the necessary measures are adhered to.
However, according to Dlamini-Zuma, South Africans older than 60, as well as those with pre-existing medical conditions, are requested to work from home.
Dlamini-Zuma said alcohol will now be sold from Mondays to Thursdays between 09:00 and 17:00. However, alcohol may not be consumed in public or on the premises where it is sold.
However, the purchase and sale of tobacco products remains prohibited during Level 3 of the isolation period.
Travel between provinces remains prohibited for people who do not have a valid permit. Permits will only be issued to those who provide essential services, as well as to those who have to travel between provinces to trek, get medical treatment, attend a funeral or for work purposes.
The country’s borders remain closed, although the Interior Minister will allow for repatriated people as well as those who have to travel across national borders for humanitarian work.
Back to school
Schools will begin the systematic phasing in of grades on June 1. Learners in Gr. 7 and gr. 12 are first allowed to go to school.
Wear your Mask
Wearing masks in public remains mandatory. This includes shops, public transport and the workplace.
The exercising times are extended during level 3. From 1 June, South Africans will be allowed to exercise in the mornings from 06:00 to 18:00 in the evening. However, wearing a mask and maintaining social distance is mandatory.
Exercise in organized groups is not allowed. Gyms will remain closed.
Churches and places of worship will be allowed to resume their services, although this will be done under strict measures .