Johannesburg – As the country gets ready to move to level 3 lockdown, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Obed Bapela on Friday said he is concerned about social distancing among South Africans.
Under level 3, people will be allowed to go back to work, schools will also re-open for grade 7 and 12 pupils, all retail sectors will be open for business, and customers will be allowed to collect food from restaurants.
It was announced that religious gatherings could also start and exercise will be allowed as long as it is not done in groups.
Bapela said he had several concerns leading up to the easing of lockdown.
“When liquor stores open next week, I just hope that our people will try their best to continue to practice social distancing and to sanitise their hands,” said Bapela.
“I hope we don’t see long queues of people going to buy liquor, those are my fears and my worries,” added the deputy minister.