The stores which were allowed to remain open during the five-week lockdown period, took extreme precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Coronavirus in Mkhondo.
All employees of Spar, Shoprite, Pick n Pay and smaller shops that were still conducting their business as usual, wore face masks at all times. Only a small amount of people were allowed in a store at a time and before they entered, their hands and trolleys were sanitized.
At the till points, tape was used on the floors to mark the 1-metre distance that clients should keep between each other. Although the management and employees did, and still do their best to follow the requirements that were set by the government, some customers do not seem to take the situation seriously.
Throughout the town, you can still see people walking without face masks or with their masks hanging down on their necks instead of covering their faces. They also do not adhere to the social distancing protocols and when they are waiting in line or even wandering around, they leave practically no space between each other.
One of the rules of the lockdown was that only one person may occupy a vehicle (not including public transport) and that no children are allowed to go into town. However, some vehicles were spotted to have up to five passengers inside and in many cases, not all of them were wearing masks.
If the rules of this lockdown are not taken seriously we could possibly go back to not being able to work, go outside or even order takeaways from our favourite restaurants.
No work means no pay and the majority of people in South Africa are currently starving. Please adhere to the rules and help to flatten the curve!