Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
1 Mar 2021
5:09 pm

Level 1 lockdown gatherings ‘a disaster waiting to happen’

Rorisang Kgosana

Gatherings in November and December were the main cause for the second wave of Covid-19 infections. Permitting them now could lead to a third wave if we let down our guard.

Matric Rage events such as in Ballito have been superspreader events and significantly contributed to the second wave of Covid-19 infections. Picture: Knysna-Plett Herald

While the government has succumbed to the pressures of those asking for more relaxed lockdown regulations, experts have warned that permitting large gatherings is a disaster waiting to happen should they not be managed properly. The country moved to lockdown level 1 following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday night. This permits the resumption of normal liquor trading hours, while religious, social, cultural and political gatherings are permitted, subject to social distancing regulations and health protocols. Big events could cause the next wave of infections A blanket approach to regulations, instead of assessing which restrictions worked best in which circumstances,...