Coast KZN

18 Aug 2020

Lockdown level 2: Beaches to reopen

Juan Venter (North Coast Courier) Picture: The popular Thompson's Bay at Ballito.

You may go to the beach, you may also buy alcohol and yes, you can buy all kinds of tobacco-related products too, lockdown level 2 regulations dictate. Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the words many living by the coast had been waiting for: All beaches are open.

Parks have also been reopened, providing some sense of a return to normal. Exact regulations detailing what is allowed and what is not allowed are yet to be published. Looking back at the swift spread of the coronavirus, minister Dlamini-Zuma said that the country was not prepared to deal with the virus, and that urgent steps had to be taken.

“Regrettably, over 11 000 of our people lost their lives to the virus,” she said.

Figures relating to the virus show that all provinces indicate a slow stabilisation, except for KwaZulu-Natal which minister Dlamini-Zuma said provided some challenges. Noting that prevention measures put in place have been effective, she added that hospitals now had sufficient capacity and announced that emergency construction of field hospitals had been halted. Attention would instead be shifted toward maintaining existing medical facilities.

“We aim to limit hardships, and there’s no desire to leave stringent prohibition measures in place.

“It is with this in mind that we have lifted some of the restriction,” she said, adding that the 10pm to 4am curfew remains in effect.

Alcohol sales are permitted between 9am and 5pm daily, Monday to Thursday. Gyms and fitness centres have also returned with so-far-announced regulations highlighting a limit of 50 people inside at any time.

Funerals remain limited to 50 people.

“When we further open the economy, it means we are trying to balance livelihoods. The risk of the virus remains. We must ensure that we keep to health protocols.”