Johannesburg - South Africans will be allowed to exercise again from next Friday when the Level 4 lockdown kicks in, but they must do so alone.
This was confirmed on Saturday by Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini, who said people could not exercise in groups. She said gyms would remain closed as well.
“Exercise will be allowed under strict conditions. Organised sports or jogging is not allowed,” she said.
“You still can’t visit friends, neighbours and family,” she added.
Jogging will be allowed from Level 3 of the lockdown, and next week, government will share more details about what the strict exercising conditions entail.
Dlamini-Zuma said the easing of the lockdown to Level 4 did not mean it was the end of the lockdown, but explained it was a risk adjusted approach to the lockdown which has been enforced to allow the economy to ‘start grinding’ again.
The document below clearly states the rules governing exercise under Level 4 on page 8:
Saturday marks Day 30 of the Level 5 Covid-19 lockdown, and since March, South Africa has now lost 79 lives to the virus and 4 220 people have been infected. The Western Cape this week became the epicenter of the virus, with the most deaths at 30, and the most cases, at over 1400.
In a presentation, she said Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, were the Covid-19 hotspots around the country.
“If we allow people to travel around the country, we may end up with the whole country being red, and that’s not what we want. That is why we closed the borders,” she said.
Meanwhile, from next Friday, people will be required to cover their mouths with a cloth mask if they leave their homes.
“When you leave your house, you must have a cloth mask - it's going to be mandatory to use a cloth mask to go anywhere.
“We know these masks may not be easily available for now, but you can use a scarf, a T-shirt and there are guidelines on the health website to make your own mask,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
She said surgical masks were being reserved only for frontline workers.
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