Comment is sought on a draft framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy to bring different sectors of the economy under Level Four of the nationwide lockdown back to work.
Last week, president Ramaphosa announced that government has decided to implement a gradual and phased recovery of economic activity from 1 May 2020.
“We will implement a risk adjusted strategy through which we take a deliberate and cautious approach to the easing of current lockdown restrictions.”
Five coronavirus levels will be put in place:
• Level 5 means that drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.
• Level 4 means that some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.
• Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.
• Level 2 involves the further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.
• Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.
A national level and separate levels for each province, district and metro in the country will also be imposed.
According to a government communication statement, in line with the Risk Adjusted Strategy, the “National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 intends to sequence and phase in key sectors and priority areas with a view to deepening the fight against COVID-19 whilst simultaneously rebuilding our economy”.
The green text in the document indicates additions or changes from the previous level.
Additions to the list in level 4 include forestry; automotive manufacturing, including components, scaling up in phases to 50% employment; road and bridge projects; the sale of hot cooked food, only for home delivery; stationery and educational books; tobacco products; personal ICT equipment including computers, mobile telephones and other home office equipment; restaurants only for food delivery services (9am-8pm) and subject to curfew (no sit down or pick-up allowed); open-cast mining scaling up to full employment and people can exercise under strict public health conditions, subject to directions, which will exclude organised activities, recreational facilities, and gyms.
Comment on the draft framework, to be implemented from 1 May 2020, is invited until midday on 27 April 2020.