28 December 2020

 

 

 

Adjusted Level 3 to curb COVID spread


South Africa has been placed on adjusted Level 3 from Level 1 with immediate effect.

Several of the Level 3 regulations have been strengthened to limit the potential for transmission. However, no formal announcement has been made by President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding changes to regulations governing local and international travel, other than to discourage travel to cited hotspots.

With a few exceptions, businesses may continue to operate as long as all relevant health protocols and social distancing measures are adhered to.

The Level 3 restrictions will remain in place until 15 January 2021. These measures will be reviewed at that time on the basis of the state of the pandemic in the country.

Highlights from the speech this evening:

  • All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days from the date hereof, except for funerals and other limited exceptions as detailed in the regulations, such as restaurants, museums, gyms and casinos. These will further be set out by the Minister in regulations and will be reviewed after that period.

  • Every business premises must determine the maximum number of staff and customers permitted at any one time based on our social-distancing guidelines and may not exceed that limit.

  • The nationwide curfew will be extended from 9pm to 6am. Apart from permitted workers and for medical and security emergencies, nobody is allowed outside their place of residence during the curfew.

  • Non-essential establishments – including shops, restaurants, bars and all cultural venues – must close at 8pm. The list of these establishments will be released shortly.

  • The adjusted level 3 regulations will make every individual legally responsible for wearing a mask in public. A person who does not wear a cloth mask covering over the nose and mouth in a public place will be committing an offence and could be arrested and prosecuted. On conviction, they will be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both a fine and imprisonment.

  • The sale of alcohol from retail outlets and the on-site consumption of alcohol will not be permitted.

  • The prohibition on consuming alcohol in public spaces like parks and beaches remains.

  • Distribution and transportation will be prohibited with exceptions that will be explained by the minister.

  • These regulations may be reviewed within the next few weeks if we see a sustained decline in infections and hospital admissions.

  • Night clubs and businesses engaged in the sale and transportation of liquor will not be allowed to operate.

Municipalities defined as hotspots will be subject to additional restrictions until there is a clear and sustained decline in infections. Cabinet has decided that 22 districts be declared coronavirus hotspots:

  • In the Eastern Cape: Chris Hani District, Buffalo City, Amathole District, Alfred Nzo District and the OR Tambo District. These are in addition to Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and the Sarah Baartman District, which have already been declared hotspots.

  • In KwaZulu-Natal: eThekwini, Umgungundlovu District, Ugu District, Harry Gwala District, King Cetshwayo District and Ilembe District.

  • In Gauteng: West Rand District, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg.

  • In the Western Cape: West Coast District, Overberg District, Winelands District, Cape Town, Central Karoo District are hotspots. This is in addition to the Garden Route District.

  • In the North West: Bojanala District.

  • In Limpopo: the Waterberg District and the Capricorn District. 

Those living in the hotspot districts are strongly encouraged to minimise their travel within the district to essential travel so as to minimise contact with other people. Travel to hotspot districts should be avoided if possible.

Cabinet has decided that all beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools in hotspot areas will be closed to the public with effect from tomorrow (29 Dec).

National and provincial parks and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place may remain open to the public.

ASATA will continue to monitor the situation and share updated information as it becomes available