Level 4 lockdown restrictions: Exercise allowed under these conditions
We are allowed to exercise under level 4 of the COVID-19 lockdown. However, there are restrictions. Here's what you need to know.
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addressed the nation on Thursday, 29 April 2020 regarding lockdown level 4 restrictions, and shared conditions pertaining to exercise.
Minister Dlamini-Zuma explained the details and gave clarity on exercise restrictions under level 4 of the lockdown. If all goes according to plan, we may just come out of the lockdown unscathed.
Lockdown level 4: Exercise restrictions
Minister Dlamini-Zuma indicated what movement will be allowed during the level 4 lockdown as of 1 May 2020. There’s some good news for those wanting to go for a run or cycle.
South Africans have been waiting for more than a month to find out when they’ll be able to take to the streets to exercise again. Cabin fever is starting to set in, no doubt.
According to Dhlamini-Zuma,government received more than 22 000 responses from the public requesting easing of the restrictions around exercise.
Exercise allowed, under these conditions
The good news is we have finally have clarity on the how and when of exercising under level 4 lockdown. There was a lot of speculation among runners and cyclists about what the easing of the lockdown would entail.
In other countries, runners and cyclists were only allowed within a few kilometres from their home; in the UK there are strict conditions about when you may be outside and how far you can travel in order to go for a walk, run or cycle.
The South African lawmakers have decided to impose a curfew that will ban all movement between 20:00 and 05:00.
When can we exercise?
Those taking to the streets to walk, run and cycle must adhere to social distancing. So there’ll be no organised training runs or rides for the foreseeable future.
In addition to not being able to run or cycle in groups, those looking to exercise will need to wear a cloth mask while out and about. Dhlamini-Zuma explains:
“You can cycle, run and walk. But it’s within your neighbourhood, within a 5km of your home. You aren’t allowed to do this in organised groups. This can only take place between 6:00 – 9:00.”
We know that being limited to only three hours within a five-kilometre radius from your house is probably not what you were hoping to hear, but take the win; it’s better than nothing!
Regarding exercise – the Minister says you can now cycle, run and walk as long as it is within a 5km radius of your home – but not in groups and only between 6am and 9am.#Day34OfLockDown #StayAtHomeSaveLives #COVID__19— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) April 29, 2020
Under level 4, people must go home after work, don’t visit friends etc. You have to be at home between 8pm and 5pm or have a permit to be out. #Day34OfLockDown #StayAtHomeSaveLives #COVID__19— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) April 29, 2020
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