South Africans will be able to exercise at any time of the day when the country moves to level 3 lockdown next month.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will move from alert level 4, to alert level 3 of the national lockdown from 1 June.
People will be able to exercise at any time during, provided this is not done in groups, the president said.
Alcohol will be sold for home consumption on specified days and under limited hours, the president said, while the sale of tobacco will remain prohibited.
Ramaphosa made this announcement on Sunday evening (24 May), as part of an address to the nation on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19.
The government has identified “coronavirus hotspots” around the country where infections are increasing at a fast pace, which will receive a “differentiated approach”.
These areas currently are major metros, and include:
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
- Cape Town
Several municipal districts in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal have also been identified as coronavirus hotspots.
“Our differentiated approach to curbing the spread of Covid will allow us to address clusters of infections in specific municipalities or districts, ensuring economic activity can resume as safely as possible while protecting public health,” Ramaphosa said.
“The list of hotspot areas will be reviewed every two weeks, depending on the progression of the virus,” the president said.