Although we have officially kickstarted lockdown level 4 in South Africa, there is still major confusion around which industries are permitted to begin their phased return to normal operations.
In this article, we explain which industries are permitted to resume their business functions and what regulations they are expected to adhere to.
There were a number of factors that were taken into consideration when deciding on the list of businesses that may return to work as of the 1st of May 2020:
The fundamental purpose of level 4 lockdown is to gradually reignite the economy which has been almost entirely dormant for the last 5 weeks.
According to the minister of Trade and Industries, an estimated 40% of workers will be able to go back to work as part of this phase.
However, this will still take place under strict regulation and control. We discuss below which sectors of the economy will be permitted to return to work as well as the applicable restrictions.
Based on the following restrictions, the following workers in the manufacturing industry may return to work:
The following, previously restricted items may be sold by South African retailers:
Subject to social distancing rules:
Although many businesses and workers are breathing a sigh of relief with the lifting of some restrictions, there are many that remain in place:
Although some workers may return to work and certain sectors can restart their operations, it’s still important for everyone to adhere to the restrictions in place during level 4.
Not complying with some of these restrictions may be considered a criminal offence and from a legal perspective, our attorneys advise that everyone in South Africa continues to stay at home as far as possible.
If you would like more information on the legal consequences of not adhering to the guidelines of lockdown level 4 in South Africa, please contact us.
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