LIESTYLE NEWS - To stop the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, the national government announced a lockdown across South Africa from midnight on Thursday 26 March for 21 days, until midnight on Thursday 16 April.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is a lockdown?
A lockdown is an emergency protocol that requires all South Africans to stay at home except for essential purposes. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential industries will remain open. All non-essential activities are suspended.
What is the purpose of a lockdown?
The nation-wide lockdown is necessary to fundamentally stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in South Africa by disrupting the chain of transmission. This can save the lives of South Africans.
What will I be able to do under lockdown?
You will be able to seek medical care, buy groceries, visit the pharmacy, access banking services, get petrol and collect a social grant.
What if I have an emergency?
Emergency services including doctors, clinics, hospitals and pharmacies will continue to operate as usual.
Can I go to work?
Only those who are doing jobs that are classified as essential services will be allowed to go to work. If your job is not an essential service then you must stay at home. Essential services include pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, petrol stations and healthcare providers. Companies that are essential to the production and transportation of food, basic goods and medical supplies will also remain open.
Who will remain at work?
All those whose jobs are classified as essential services will remain at work.
Should I stock up?
Grocery stores and banking services will remain open throughout the lockdown period.
Should I wear a mask when out in public?
According to the Western Cape health department, wearing a mask when you are not sick or in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 is unnecessary. If you do wear a mask, do not touch your face under any circumstances.
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