8 Questions Answered Regarding South Africa's 21 Day National Lockdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation last night on the current Coronavirus Pandemic.

Photo Credits The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

With the statistics of infected people rising rapidly on a daily basis, the President has made a decision to commence a full national lockdown, which will begin at midnight on Thursday 26 March, and will continue for 21 days.

Here is a brief summary of the President's speech:

Photo Credits The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

Many have questions on what is a lockdown, and what can be done during this time have been asked or will be asked.

Here are some of the questions answered by The Presidency:

1. What is a lockdown?

A lockdown is an emergency protocol that requires 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.

2. What is the purpose of a lockdown?

The nation-wide lockdown is necessary to fundamentally disrupt the chain of transmission.

It will prevent the spread of the virus and save the lives of South Africans.

3. What will I be able to do under the lockdown?

You will be able to:

- Seek medical care

- Buy groceries

- Visit the pharmacy

- Access banking services

- Get petrol

- Collect a social grant

4. What happens if you break the rule?

Anyone breaking the rules could be punished with imprisonment for up to one month or with a fine.

5. What if you have an emergency?

Emergency services, including doctors, clinics, hospitals and pharmacies, will continue to operate as usual.

6. Should you stock up now?

Grocery stores and banking services will remain open throughout the lockdown period.

7. Can you go to work?

A list of essential services will be published, including pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, petrol stations and health care providers.

Companies that are essential to the production and transportation of food, basic goods and medical supplies will remain open.

8. Who will remain at work?

A list of essential services will be published, including pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, petrol stations and health care providers.

Companies that are essential to the production and transportation of food, basic goods and medical supplies will remain open.

 

Photo Credits The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

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