26 May

UASA is pleased that the economy slowly return to normal as from Monday and that lockdown rules will be less strict but we want to warn all South Africans to remain vigilant and do their part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The majority of workers in most economic sectors will be returning to work, except those in the restaurant business for sit-down meals, bars for sit-in alcohol consumption and those in the personal care sector (beauty salons, hairdressers, etc.).

As of 29 May 2020, South Africa has recorded 27 403 positive cases, 14 370 recoveries and, sadly, 577 deaths out of 655 723 tests conducted.

It is therefore important to take heed of the regulations that are applicable under level 3 to help curb the spread of the virus. The following business activities are allowed to operate:

  • all construction work
  • selling of clothes, household appliances
  • domestic business travel
  • sale of hot foods in shops
  • fast food outlets, but only via drive-through and deliveries
  • professional non-contact sports but no spectators/fans/supports may attend
  • liquor sales from Monday to Thursday between 09:00 – 17:00 in shops as well as online.
  • exercise with face masks between 6:00 and 18:00 but not in groups
  • all wholesale and retail shops including local spaza shops

The move to level 3 does not mean that the threat of the virus has gone. We have to remember that it is not the virus itself that moves, but that it moves with people. To keep the virus in check, the following movement restrictions are still in place under level 3:

  • you may not visit family or friends
  • you may not have social gatherings outside of permitted religious and business meetings
  • you may not travel across provincial or international borders unless you have the relevant permits
  • conferences and events remained banned

Domestic workers will be pleased to return to work. As most of them earn a living working for more than one employer, they were unable to do so under level 4. According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey results for the second quarter of 2019 there were about 995 000 people employed as domestic workers a year ago.

UASA wishes the matric and grade 7 students and teachers who are preparing to resume their academic activities on Monday all the best and encourages them to adhere strictly to the health and safety measures in place as failure to do so will increase the spread of Covid-19.

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