What a ‘snap’ or ‘mini’ lockdown would look like for Cape Town COVID hotspots

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According to The Western Cape government, the province is officially experiencing a resurgence of the virus as active cases jumped by more than 52% over the past week, with community transmission now established again.

The provincial government has issued hotspot alerts for the Garden Route and the City of Cape Town, while there is growing concern about the number of positive cases as well as rising hospital admissions and deaths in the Eastern Cape. Both George and Knysna have recorded more new cases than during the peak of the nationwide pandemic in July.

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While the Western Cape government agrees that South Africa cannot afford another nationwide lockdown, they are considering implementing tighter restrictions in hotspot areas – much like the snap lockdowns, being seen in Europe.

According to The Sunday Times, these localised lockdowns could carry the same restrictions as level 3 lockdown – including tighter regulations around on-site consumption of alcohol, leisure travel, social visits, large gatherings, and businesses with more than 100 employees.

People might be prohibited from leaving their homes except to travel to and from work, to shop, to exercise during set hours or for emergencies. Interprovincial and domestic travel may also be prohibited for leisure purposes.

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