24 March 2020
In an effort to limit and slowdown the transmission of Covid-19, yesterday, government announced a 21 day national lockdown. South Africans are instructed to stay at home Top of Form
from Thursday, 26 March up to Thursday, 16 April 2020. This means that there will be no church services of any size and this order replaces the previous one allowing gatherings of up to 100. All nonessential travel suspended during this time.
1. People are prohibited from leaving their homes unless for essential purposes, including the following:
1.1 To seek medical treatment
1.2 Buy groceries, medicine, and other supplies
1.3 Collect social grants
1.4 Access banking services
1.5 Get petrol
2. Only essential services and companies are permitted to remain at work, these are:
2.1 Health workers, emergency personnel and security services;
2.2 Those involved in the production, distribution and supply of food and basic goods, essential banking services, the maintenance of power, water and
2.3 Telecommunications services, laboratory services and the provision of medical and hygiene products.
3. Pharmacies, laboratories, banks, essential financial and payment services – including the JSE – supermarkets, petrol stations and healthcare providers will remain open. Shops and businesses not designated as essential will remain closed.
4. Five steps to kicking Covid-19
4.1 Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based solution.
4.2 Cover your nose and mouth with a bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze or cough. Immediately throw away the tissue in a closed bin and remember to wash your hands.
4.3 Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the virus from entering your body.
4.4 Stay at home and maintain social distancing. Stay at least one meter from others.
4.5 If you feel unwell, stay home and isolate yourself. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
5. Monitor your health closely
5.1 All travellers to monitor their health closely for 14 days upon returning to South Africa.
5.2 If you have a fever, cough or runny nose, wear a mask and seek medical attention promptly
5.3 Call the clinic or doctor ahead of your visit.
Official Toll Free Call Centre: 0800 029 999
Clinicians Hotline: 082 883 9920
Official WhatsApp Help Service: Say Hi to 0600 123 456
Rev. Moss Ntlha
TEASA General Secretary