After our Easter ride-out (see previous blog) from the confines of our apartment, a few thoughts on the current lockdown craziness.
Lock-down stumbles into May, the national plan is to downscale in steps. Five levels in total. Five (1) being the highest risk and five (5) pretty much back to normality. We are currently in 4! Woohoo... As we creep into level four, the atmosphere is charged with our own carbon-dioxide. We are now obliged to wear face masks when outside our homes at all times. While the Infection rate in SA, compared to UK and USA, is fairly low, the hope is we manage the infections and avoid a spike.
Our relatively lower rates are mostly attributed to the swift move to lockdown at the end of March. We certainly applaud our President for the decisive response; however, we have some crazy regulations which are nonsensical and causing much consternation. No buying of alcohol and cigarettes; this has led to a ‘sin tax’ loss to the national fiscus of approx. 2 Billion ZAR (SA Rand). Outdoor exercise only allowed between 6 and 9 am. Hughhh… our beachfront boulevard is packed with everyone and their dog during these hours, not exactly assisting with social distancing at all. Much better to allow outdoor activity throughout the day ensuring both distancing and better health (physical and emotional).
Well we thought we’d want to offer up some of our own nuttiness, with a few deft strokes of Diana’s needle and some thread. We also have a few normal masks with a little SA branding, way too many children running to mummy and dogs hiding behind their owner’s with tails tucked between legs.
Whilst we continue with the current lockdown situation we are starting to plan an extended road trip from Cape Town to Jo’burg and back again on bikes, the idea is to get us out and about as soon as we are able and of course add some more interesting places to our motorbike travelling repertoire.
A few years ago we had a great travel diary tv series called ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’. A bunch of off-beat eccentric travellers cruising South Africa in a red 1966 Chevy Impala called ‘Chilli Pepper’. I suppose we have a little of that in mind when we undertake our trip… catcha later…
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