On Saturday [April 25], Government presented a Risk-Adjusted Strategy to begin easing the lockdown restrictions on May 1. The plan presented allows for more sectors to return to work, with a strict curfew still in place for everyone in the country.

Government is now asking for the public to comment on the schedule of services to be phased in from May 1.

“In undertaking the Risk Adjusted Strategy, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 intends to sequence and phased in key sectors and priority areas with a view to deepening the fight against COVID-19 whilst simultaneously rebuilding our economy,” Government said in a statement.

Sectors and business organisations, as well as trade unions and members of the public, are being asked to submit comments on the schedule of services to be phased in as per the Covid-19 Risk Adjusted Strategy to be implemented with effect from May 1.

The draft framework can be accessed on: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/covid-19- risk-adjusted-strategy/ and https://www.gcis.gov.za/sites/default/files/docs/goods- services-movement-1.pdf.

“The classification of sectors in the draft framework follows the Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) as published by Statistics South Africa. Where an entire division is permitted, it can be assumed that all subgroupings are permitted as well. Where only certain subgroupings are specifically permitted within a division, it should be assumed that other subgroupings are not,” Government said. “In the document, when moving between levels, the green text means additions or changes from the prior level. For example, Level 4 now adds forestry and related services to Agriculture.”

Feedback and/or comments should be submitted in writing preferably for Level Four and following the attached guidelines. South Africa will be moving to level 4 economic activity as of May 1.

Completed submissions must be returned via email to [email protected] by 12h00, on Monday, April 27.

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