“However, there is a caveat for that to happen and remain that way, everyone will have to comply with all the non-pharmaceutical approaches to preventing infections,” Zikalala said.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said they will use the consultation process with Ramaphosa to put forward their position that the entire province must move down to level 3 as soon as possible, preferably before the end of May 2020.
“With our healthcare system prepared, it is simply no longer possible to maintain level 4 restrictions anywhere in the Western Cape or South Africa,” said Winde.
“The economic crisis caused by these restrictions has resulted in a life-threatening humanitarian disaster that will only worsen in the months ahead.”
Changes to level 4 regulations
Apart from relaxing lockdown rules when moving to level 3, Ramaphosa said changes to level 4 regulations will also be announced.
These will include expanding permitted business activities in the retail space and ecommerce, and reducing restrictions on exercise.
The first of these announcements happened on Thursday with regulations allowing all goods to be sold through ecommerce platforms, except for alcohol and tobacco products.
Many people also expect new regulations with more relaxed rules related to walking, jogging, and cycling to be published soon.
Additionally, the government has published new regulations which allow trade-in purchases, car lease scheme returns, and wholesale trading of used cars.
A summary of the initial level 4 lockdown rules, what has changed since 1 May, and what can be expected at level 3 is provided below.