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South Africa takes first step in reopening the economy

The President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will take the first step in reopening the country’s economy.

He announced in a speech today that with effect from 1 May 2020 South Africa is moving from stage five to stage four of the fight against Coronavirus.

Stage four requires that some businesses have to open but must adhere to health guidelines.

Businesses that will open are required to sanitize their place of work and not more than one third of their workers should return to work during this stage.

The President also said those that can work from home will have to do so as well.

Borders will however remain closed except for repatriation of South African citizens and foreigners. However cross provincial traveling remains banned.

All gatherings also remain banned.

The President mentioned that sell if cigarettes will be permitted.

Every individual will be expected to wear a face mask in public .

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