Regulations prohibiting jogging and dog walking during the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown period apply to security estates and complexes too.
This is according to the SA Police Service (SAPS), which issued a statement via Facebook on Sunday following queries from the public.
“The regulations also apply to people living within estates/complexes meaning NO walking, jogging or walking of pets within closed estates/complexes is allowed,” the SAPS said.
Managers asked to enforce regulations
It added, “All estate/complex managers must assist by ensuring that these regulations are enforced with immediate effect.
“The fundamental purpose of lockdown is to drastically reduce the movement of people in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Your assistance in this regard will be highly appreciated.”
There was some confusion last week after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in several media interviews that jogging and dog walking were allowed.
Speaking to eNCA, Mkhize said, “You can walk, you can walk with your dog, you can jog, but do it with good distance between you [and the next person] so that you don’t create a sense of infection that can spread. But we really are saying that it’s the mixing of large numbers of people that’s the problem.”
No dog walking – Cele
However, at a media briefing afterwards, Police Minister Bheki Cele said, “There was a little bit of a story earlier on that you can walk your dog.
“There shall be no dogs that will be walked. The cluster met, discussed and agreed that it doesn’t enhance the call made by the President. If you really do want to walk your dog, [do so] around your house. It ends there; it can’t go beyond that.”
Mkhize also retracted his earlier comments, adding that “to avoid any distraction, it is important to say to people that [walking dogs] does not add any value in implementing the lockdown.”
South Africa began implementing the lockdown at midnight on Thursday, 26 March and it is expected to be in place until midnight on Thursday, 16 April.
In his weekly newsletter to the nation on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the success of the lockdown in Wuhan, China, is proof that implementing the lockdown in South Africa was the right thing to do.
He said, “It shows that if we strictly observe the rules in place to stop the virus spreading, we will be able to bring infection rates down.
“It shows that if we cooperate with health authorities in doing what we have to do, we won’t be just saving our own lives but those around us too.”