Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has released a new gazette that provides further details on South Africa’s Level 1 lockdown over the Easter period.
The gazette gives effect to the national speech delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday evening (March 30), in which he announced that the lockdown rules would be changed for the holiday season.
Thanks to changes in personal behavior over the past year, South Africans have been able to protect each other and their communities. He added that the country has seen a drop in hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks.
However, Ramaphosa said the country was unable to return to “normalcy” and precautions should again be taken during the Easter period.
Here are some of the key points of relaxed lockdown, as the Gazette points out. These changes are effective upon posting.
Movement of people
Anyone is confined to their place of residence from 00:00 to 04:00 every day, unless they have obtained an authorization as an essential worker or are participating in an emergency.
People traveling on international flights also benefit from an exemption.
The closing time for the following establishments, whether indoor or outdoor, is 11:00 p.m.:
- The casinos;
- Museums, galleries and archives;
- Public swimming pools;
- Beaches and public parks;
- Play parks, botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos; h) gymnasiums and fitness centers;
- Restaurants, bars, bistros and taverns;
- Places hosting auctions;
- Sites hosting professional sports;
- Places hosting confessional or religious gatherings.
Funeral attendance is limited to 100 people or less – and if the venue is too small to accommodate the prescribed number of people observing a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other, no more than 50% of capacity of the place can be used.
This is also subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and to all people standing a distance of one and a half meters from each other.
- Night vigils are not authorized;
- Reunions after the funeral, including “after the tears” gatherings, are not permitted;
- During a funeral, a person must wear a face mask and adhere to all health and social distancing protocols;
- The duration of the funeral is limited to a maximum of two hours.
Anyone, when attending a rally and in order to limit exposure to Covid-19, should:
- Wear a face mask:
- Adhere to all health protocols:
- Maintain a distance of at least one and a half meters from each other;
- Respect curfew times as planned
- Adhere to all other health protocols and social distancing measures
- The owner or operator of any indoor or outdoor facility where gatherings are held must display the certificate of occupancy which establishes the maximum number of people the facility can contain.
The gazette states that all denominational or religious gatherings, as well as social. political and cultural gatherings are allowed. However, they are limited to 250 people or less for indoor sites and 500 people or less for outdoor sites.
If the room is too small to accommodate the prescribed number of people observing a distance of at least one and a half meters from each other. in this case, no more than 50% of the capacity of the room can be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.
The gazette states that people attending denominational or religious gatherings are not allowed to:
- Sleep-over, after a service. at the place of worship;
- Gather outside designated places of worship.
Gatherings at a workplace for professional purposes are permitted. subject to strict compliance with all health protocols and social distancing measures.
Hotels, lodges. bed and breakfasts, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses are permitted at full capacity of rooms available for accommodation. with clients wearing face masks and observing a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other when in common areas.
Restaurants, bars. shebeens and taverns are subject to a limit of 250 people or less for indoor venues and 500 people or less for outdoor venues and if the site is too small to accommodate 250 people indoors or 500 people inside outdoors by observing a distance of at least one and a half meters from each other, then no more than 50% of the capacity of the room can be used.
Conference. dining and entertainment facilities are subject to a limitation of a maximum of 250 people or less for indoor rooms and 500 people indoors or 500 people outdoors observing a distance of at least one meter and a half from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the place can be used.
Sporting activities. including professional and non-professional matches, by recognized sports bodies are permitted. subject to strict compliance with operating hours and applicable regulations.
For the duration of the Easter period, the sale of alcohol by establishments approved for off-site consumption is prohibited.
The sale of alcohol by an establishment authorized for consumption on site is authorized, subject to strict compliance with the curfew provided for in the regulations.
The consumption of alcohol in public places, except in consumption premises authorized on site, is not permitted.
Anyone who does not comply with these regulations commits an offense and is, on conviction, liable to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.
For the purposes of these regulations, “Easter period” means Friday (April 2, 2021) from 12:01 am to Monday (April 5, 2021) at 11:59 pm.
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