Photo: GCIS / Flickr
Photo: GCIS / Flickr
New year, new… ah, never mind. According to multiple sources, there is now a real chance that SA could be plunged into Level 4 lockdown restrictions – with two prominent ministers allegedly angling for the return of this tougher phase.
Bloomberg report that some senior members of the NCCC feel the only way forward is to take a step backward: Level 4 would have a major impact on which workplaces are allowed to remain open, and the balance between the economy and public health would rest on a tightrope in this scenario. According to the insiders…
It’s been eight months since South Africa was last in this stage of lockdown. Level 4 was only in place for five weeks, but it came with some pretty uncompromising regulations. Essentially a lighter version of Level 5, more severe economic measures are put in place, with a majority of industries instructed to ‘work from home’ wherever possible.
We’ve put together a table of all the regulations that made up our last stay in Level 4. Of course, things have changed since the beginning of May, and it’s likely that any ‘relegation’ to a stricter phase will come with a few tweaks and adjustments to what we saw in 2020. Here’s a reminder of what this stage of lockdown contained last time:
|The regulations previously in place||What was – and wasn’t – allowed during Level 4|
|Essential items list||– Only groceries, books, office items, IT equipment, beauty products, |
winter clothes and fabric were allowed to go on sale.
|Travel restrictions||– Kids were allowed to move between co-parents’ homes.|
– Inter-provincial and international travel was banned.
– Buses and trains had to run limited services.
|Exercise limitations||– We only had permission to walk, jog, or cycle between 6:00 – 9:00.|
– The three-hour exercise window came with no exemptions.
– Citizens were only allowed to go somewhere within 5km of their homes.
|How restaurants could operate||– Restaurants, takeaway services were told they could only serve food via deliveries.|
– No sit-in options were permitted, and deliveries were slapped with a 10-hour window (9:00 – 19:00).
|Level 4 curfew||– Curfew was in place for nine hours.|
– People were banned from leaving their residence between 20:00 – 5:00.
|Limited list of ‘non-home workers’||– Only IT professionals, hardware operators, call centre teams, tradespeople, oil refineries, |
and miners were told to attend their workplaces at Level 4.
|Alcohol and cigarettes||– The alcohol ban stayed in place, but exports could still go-ahead.|
– Cigarettes were banned and stayed off the shelves for another four months.
|Disruption to school plans||– Schools, university campuses and academic centres all remained closed for a further five weeks.|