South Africa’s COVID-19 infections have been declining consistently during the past six weeks. This is according to the Coronavirus Command Council led by Cooperative Governance Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
She’s been expanding on lockdown regulations following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the country would be moving to Level 1 from midnight on Sunday.
But Dlamini-Zuma warned it’s not a licence to become reckless.
A total of 15,772 people have died and over 650,000 have been infected with the coronavirus.
Dlamini-Zuma provided the following details:
People will not be allowed outside their homes between 00:01-04:00. People who have been given permission by a cabinet member, have a permit or are attending to a security or medical emergency are exempted.
A person must wear a face mask in a public place and may not be allowed into a public building, place or premises without a face mask, nor use public transport without a mask.
A person undergoing vigorous exercise in a public place is exempted from this requirement.
Funerals are allowed 100 attendees or less, provided that not more than 50 percent of the venue’s capacity is used and social distancing measures are followed.
At all gatherings, people must wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing measures.
An owner or operator of any indoor or outdoor facility where gatherings are held must display the certificate of occupancy which sets out the maximum number of persons the facility may hold.
Gatherings at faith-based institutions, social events, political events, conferences and traditional council meetings are limited to 250 persons or less in case of an indoor gathering and 500 persons or less in case of an outdoor gathering.
Gatherings at a workplace for work purposes are allowed.
Recreational gatherings including those at cinemas, theatres, concerts and live performances are allowed and limited to 250 people for an indoor gathering and 500 people for outdoor gatherings.
No more than 50 percent of an indoor venue’s capacity may be used.
Gatherings at casinos, gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are limited to not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue, with persons observing a distance of least one and a half metres from each other.
Gatherings at sports grounds and fields and beaches and public parks are allowed, subject to regulations.
Restaurants must adhere to social distancing measures as issued by the relevant minister.
Bars, taverns, shebeens and similar establishments must limit guests to not more than 50 percent of the venue’s capacity.
Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses may not host more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue, with patrons observing a distance of least one and a half metres from each other.
Gatherings at auctions are allowed, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols, social distancing measures.
Sporting activities, including both professional and non-professional matches by recognised sporting bodies, are allowed.
Only the required number of players, match officials, support staff and medical crew required for the match.
No spectators are allowed at the venue of the sports match and no international sport events are allowed.
An enforcement officer must, where a gathering in contravention of the regulations takes place, order the persons at the gathering to disperse immediately; and if the persons refuse to disperse, take appropriate action, which may include the arrest and detention of any person at the gathering.
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