GOVERNMENT’S National Coronavirus Command Council addressed the nation on April 29, giving details on regulations relating to the easing of SA’s lockdown restrictions to Level 4, and confirming that we would still not be allowed to purchase alcohol or cigarettes.
“I ask residents not to look at these restrictions as punishment but rather as preventative measures. The need to save lives and prevent the country’s health system from becoming overwhelmed remain paramount,” said Knysna deputy mayor Aubrey Tsengwa on Friday.
“I urge all residents to wear a face mask whenever you leave home and continue to adhere to Level 4 restrictions, including the 8pm to 5am curfew, which will ensure the lives of our vulnerable loved ones are respected and preserved.”
Other changes announced include:
* Essential goods continue to be sold, joined by hardware supplies, winter clothing and heating, and other industry-related items;
* Certain industries are able to open at half capacity;
* E-mailing services may operate, while public transport is also limited;
* No concerts, cinemas or public gatherings are allowed;
* Exercise is limited to a 5km radius in own neighbourhoods and only from 6-9am, with public gyms remaining closed;
* Food delivery is available, subject to the curfew.
Retailers selling winter clothing, bedding and linen are now allowed to operate, as are stores selling educational products and information-technology services. Repair shops are allowed to operate for emergency services and vehicles sales are allowed to a certain extent.
Hygiene measures have to be followed and businesses will likely have to divide the time at which workers can operate to limit the number of people and ensure social distancing
“Ensure that you are Covid-19 ready - screen people, or the virus will spread through the company. Spend some money to ensure readiness. Workers should come back in a phased manner. Have a proper plan that is known by your workers,” Tsengwa said.
Live-in domestic staff and child-minders in private households can return to work, as can those who care for the sick, mentally ill, elderly, and disabled.
Tsengwa concluded: “Level 4 makes allowance for the resumption of some economic activity but still prohibits social gatherings, so it is important for Greater Knysna to adhere to these rules to ensure that our rate of infection remains as low as it has been over the Level 5 lockdown period. God bless Greater Knysna and all her people.”
Visit www.knysna.gov.za/news/covid-19-corona-virus/ to access a detailed list of Level 4 regulations.