COVID-19: Lockdown South Africa – All you need to know

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COVID-19: Lockdown South Africa - All you need to know. Photo's SAPS
COVID-19: Lockdown South Africa - All you need to know. Photo's SAPS

As the coronavirus continues to spread, a national lockdown in South Africa is critical for containing this pandemic, protecting the lives of South Africans and buffering the economy against the inevitable impact. The nation-wide lockdown will be enacted in terms of the Disaster Management Act and will entail the following:

From midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020 until midnight on Thursday 16 April 2020, all South Africans will have to stay at home.

The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown are the following: health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic. It will also include those involved in the production, distribution and supply of food and basic goods, essential banking services, the maintenance of power, water, and telecommunications services, laboratory services, and the provision of medical and hygiene products.

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