Lock down restrictions moved down to level 4 but no joy for sports

The expected lifting of lockdown restrictions in South Africa at the end of the month is unlikely to result in a resumption of sport and will add to frustrations amongst the athletics community. South Africa’s athletics sporting code is still waiting for clarity from government about return to competition protocols. On Thursday President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that a hard lockdown, in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus, would gradually be eased in the coming months. He said that a gradual phased in recovery of economic activity would be implemented from Friday 1 May, in order to try and balance the needs of containment versus economics.There are five levels over which the restrictions will be lifted. He pointed out that we are currently at level 5. There are also varying national and provincial restrictions. A draft government presentation, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, is considering some flexibility but suggests any gathering of more than 10 people will be prohibited.Ramaphosa said that because much about the coronavirus is unknown, action must be incremental.SA is now in a level 5 lockdown, which requires drastic measures to save lives.Level 4 allows some activity to resume while levels 3 and 2 ease restrictions and promote social distancing. Level 1 means that most activities can return to normal.