The President of South Africa addressed the Nation on the 23rd of March 2020, announcing a significant measure to combat the spread of COVID-19 – a National Shutdown.

Commencing at 00:00 on the 25th of March 2020, South Africans will be required to adhere to a series of restrictions for a period of three weeks.

These measures include:

  • Limiting contact to a maximum of two people, unless residing in a household of four or more.
  • Avoiding handshakes and physical contact.
  • Strictly remaining within one’s residence, with exceptions for essential purposes such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, or collecting medication.
  • Deployment of the Army to ensure compliance with the set regulations.

Furthermore, the following additional measures have been implemented:

  • Sale of alcohol has been limited, prohibited beyond 18:00.
  • Closure of bars, restaurants, and other establishments until further notice.
  • Temporary closure of schools and universities to safeguard students.
  • Data service providers reducing costs to facilitate internet accessibility and connectivity during this critical period.

Utilising Time During the Shutdown:

In light of these circumstances, there are several productive activities you can engage in during the shutdown:

  • Enhance your professional profile by completing various online courses to boost your CV.
  • Take advantage of our Online Au Pair Training course to enhance your skills and knowledge during this time.
  • Discover your culinary talents by joining our Online Cooking Course.
  • Explore your creative side through painting or writing a book.
  • Catch up on reading books you’ve been meaning to delve into.
  • Engage in LEGO building activities with your children.
  • Stay active with home-based exercise routines.
  • Enjoy quality time with family members by playing games or organising a games night.
  • Stay connected with loved ones through regular Skype calls.
  • Tackle home improvement projects you’ve been putting off.
  • Create a vision board to set goals and aspirations for the future.

Duration of the Shutdown in South Africa:

As previously mentioned, the National Shutdown is set to last for 21 days (3 weeks), with self-isolation measures expected to conclude on the 16th of April 2020.

Let us work together to prioritise the safety and well-being of all. If you require any assistance or support during this time, do not hesitate to reach out.

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