President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again addressed the nation in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Most watching wanted to know how the government would be treating the national lockdown which was planned to end on 30th April next week.

As most know by now, instead of the lockdown completely ending, 1st May will bring with it a new system in which the restrictions on citizens and businesses will be tied to a national alert level linked to the appropriate response needed to contain COVID-19.

Five levels were announced with a complete and total lockdown, which we have been experiencing so far, being the highest at level five.

Cyril Ramaphosa, in his speech, summarised the five levels as follows:

  • “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.”

As of 1st May South Africa will be reduced from level 5 to level 4.

As always more information is planned to be released in the coming days but, for now, the government has released a cheat sheet of sorts in the form of several images summarising the new alert level system and the interim structures put in place.

These make a great point of reference when you want to grab some information from the speech without needing to read through it again.

All the images released by the South African government can be found below.