Enforced social distancing
So, from midnight tonight, South Africa is in total Lockdown. You are not allowed to leave your house for three weeks.
Knowing this was coming I went for one last walk along the beach at Muizenberg.
However, the beach was also in Lockdown! I couldn’t understand the reasoning behind this. Surely walking along the sands with fresh Corona-free sea breezes, able to keep a good 20 metres distance from other people, poses no hazard, but rather promotes health and well-being.
As I walked along the paving near the beach I came upon the police, who were wrapping tape around the whole area. The guy in charge politely informed me that I wasn’t allowed to walk there. The beach and train station were closed, as well as the whole path I was walking on. He then said he’d have to wrap me in tape!
As I turned to leave he called, “Keep safe.”
Only the Seagull was still free to walk along the sands.
post script: The observant among you will have noticed the clues in the second photo. The wine is WolfTrap, the dvd is Escape Plan and the book ‘The Martian’ is about one guy stuck alone on a whole planet for 564 days (549 Sols) with only a few potatoes to eat. Lockdown indeed.
At the time of my publishing this post, SA has 709 confirmed cases of Corona, of which 12 have recovered and 0 died, in a population of about 59 million.
As my policeman friend said, Keep Safe!