Today is Workers’ Day which I think, is celebrated in many countries in the world. South Africans have been looking forward to this day for another reason too. It marks the first day of Level 4 in the Lockdown series! The big thing we were all looking forward to was the chance to get outdoors for exercise. However, in their wisdom, our government decided that there would be a three-hour window of time in which everybody would be allowed out and that would be between six and nine in the morning! It was a beautiful morning and after five weeks of not having had this privilege, it was not surprising to see so many people out and about.
Usually, at this time of the year when I’m out for my daily walk, I seldom see a soul. But today was different. It was great, it was fun but was it healthy? Surely it would be better to stagger the times allowed out so that there would be more social distancing?
The earl was the first to head off from our house just after 8 am and of course, his destination was the harbour! What a disappointment then, to be stopped at the entrance and told, “Sorry, you may not enter.” The crowds were furious but they were told that the area was too small to allow the public in.
I followed soon after and met my beloved as he staggered home. I told him to continue a little further with me but he said his muscles were too sore – he’d had enough exercise for one day!
I continued on my own and was delighted to see friends and have a chat from a safe distance. I headed to the beach hoping it would be open. It was! There were scores of people walking and jogging and a few were even in the sea for a swim! Those were the young and brave – it’s too cold at this time of the year to be in the water!
Lollz took a different route but we both made it back home just on the deadline of 9 am! It is amazing how just this little change to our freedom made a huge difference to our morale. We are also now allowed to buy clothes and as winter is approaching, Lollz felt the need to get some new warm clothes so she went off to Bredasdorp to shop. I decided not to go with her. I have given my aching back a rest for a few days but today was the day I needed give the house a good clean instead. So now all the laundry is done and the house is sparkling!
After a wonderfully happy start at Level 4, we had bad news this evening. The first case of Covid-19 has hit our area. A local policeman has tested positive for the virus as has one in Bredasdorp! The two police stations were closed and the staff moved to temporary premises while the buildings were sanitised. They will be closed for two days.
For the first time in five weeks, we can now order in! Yesterday I put in an order for sushi from Agulhas Seafoods and they were supposed to deliver at 6pm this evening but it was after 7 when our order arrived! Everybody is taking advantage of these new privileges and so it took a while to get to us all! I am sure they will get better at it as the lockdown proceeds!