Welcome to Alert Level 2 of lockdown. With all the amendments to the Disaster Management Act relating to the National State of Disaster COVID-19, people are confused about what they’re allowed to do and what not.
So, here’s a list of the Alert Level 2 Do’s and Don’ts:
Masks: You are legally obliged to wear a mask whenever you are in public. While you don’t have to wear it if you are doing strenuous exercising like running, you have to wear it in all other circumstances – especially when using public transport.
Alcohol and cigarettes: Yes, you can buy alcohol and cigarettes again, but the trading hours for alcohol purchases will be restricted. You can only buy alcohol from Mondays to Thursdays between 09:00 and 17:00.
Curfew: Yes, the curfew is still in place. That means you have be at home between 22:00 and 04:00. Even over weekends.
Restaurants, bars, taverns and shebeens: They are open and can serve alcohol again. Social distancing must still be adhered to, so you won’t be able to go in big crowds and they will probably close sooner so that their staff still have time to get home before the curfew kicks in.
Nightclubs: No, they are not allowed to open yet.
Events: Yes, events can take place, but strict regulations apply. Social distancing, maximum 50 people attending, masks and sanitising are non-negotiables.
Social gatherings at home: Invite your friends, family or neighbours over for a legal braai on any day of the week, as long as you stick to 10 guests or less. This includes children and live-in employees because they’re still seen as being on the property at the same time.
Beaches, parks, galleries, museums and libraries: If you’re looking for something to do with the family this weekend, head over to your local beach or park. If you missed the cultural element of life, visit a museum or gallery. And, if buying all your books during lockdown left you broke, your library is waiting for you.
Sporting events: Your favourite teams can play again, but you won’t be able to attend the game. Only the players and necessary coaching staff will be allowed. Luckily, a few media outlets will also be allowed so that you can still enjoy the game on TV.
Travelling: Pack the padkos and get ready to explore your own country. Our national borders are still closed, but the provincial borders are open. All accommodations options are open as well, so go forth and book.
Gyms and fitness centres: If the banana and sour dough bread craze got hold of you during lockdown and you’re sitting with a few extra kilograms at the moment, there’s good news. Gyms and fitness centres are allowed to open again. Strict requirements will be in place, like you won’t be allowed to take your own yoga mat or sweat towel.
Remember, social distancing is still very important. So, enjoy the new freedom that Alert Level 2 brings, but remember to be responsible.
Watch the SABC News video below for more info on the do’s and don’ts during Alert Level 2.
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