So, these are the 5 levels of restrictions for South Africa during the coronavirus pandemic

Level 4 means winter clothes, cigarettes and fast food.

There are five official levels of restrictions for COVID-19. And we’re currently on the harshest level, obv.

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When President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation regarding the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, he explained that there were five levels. And from the 1st of May, we will be moving from Level 5 to Level 4. He also announced that cigarette sales will be permitted again (and all the smokers rejoiced).

Furthermore, Level 4 includes a curfew from 8PM to 5AM. This curfew applies to everyone except for essential workers. But, on the upside, takeaways will be allowed. Also, several industries are about to open up including media, finance and food services.

Some sectors of the economy will reopen under Level 4. But we’re still awaiting details on this. Everyone who can work from home, should continue to work from home. The elderly and those with underlying conditions should also remain home. People will be allowed to exercise outdoors, with limitations. However, certain restrictions will remain firmly in place:

A draft government plan, Business Insider reports, has revealed what post-lockdown may look like. The draft was leaked this week and it shows the COVID-19 restrictions from level 1 to 5. It’s been confirmed as real, but it’s an early version. As the president said, the rules may differ from province to province. But here’s a general breakdown:

Level 1 is super chilled, just stay in the country basically

Level one is pretty chilled. It limits international travel and requires hygiene measures on public transport. Easy-peasy compared to where we are now lol.

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Level 2 is looking promising

Level two allows local flights – within SA only. It also allows domestic workers to go back to work as usual. Retail, manufacturing and construction will resume, along with all government services. This includes people working in waste removal, maintenance and installation.

Level 3 is great because we get booze

So the comforts are there under level three. We can buy liquor (during certain hours), we can order fast food  (Uber Eats and Mr D. will be running) and we can shop for clothing. The retail therapy extends further to hardware and tech. The transport and chemical industries will reopen. But local flights are limited – you need permission.

Related: The revised lockdown regulations to take note of (P.S. there’s still no alcohol allowed)

Level 4 means winter clothes, cigarettes and fast food

So, from 1 May 2020, we can buy winter clothes, cigarettes and fast food. But still no alcohol. Level four keeps the liquor ban firmly in place. We can order in takeaways again though, so trust I’m getting KFC on the first day. Plus, there’ll be some freedom of movement, as taxis and Ubers hit the road again (with passenger restrictions though).

A bunch of industries will also reopen, including media, finance, accommodation, food, construction and others.

Note that there will be a curfew from 8PM to 5AM – we need to be indoors during these hours, unless you’re an essential worker. The elderly and those with underlying conditions are still to remain home. Also, Home Affairs will be up and running as usual – from Monday.

Level 5 is super sh*t

It’s pretty much essentials only at this stage. And this is the lockdown we are in right now. It’s the strictest. But – on the upside – it can only get better from here, right? RIGHT!?

Jokes, we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, stay safe.

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