Many of us are so confused as to what our rights under these various alert levels are especially when they keep changing. This blog is a list of the regulations as newly amended in January 2021.
- Curfew has been changed to the hours of 21:00pm – 05:00am. This curfew however does not apply where there is a security or medical emergency or where one is working as an essential worker;
- Failure to abide by any of the regulations will result in a fine or imprisonment not exceeding six months;
- All establishments whether they are indoor or outdoor must close at 20:00 hours;
- Face masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn in a public place with exception of a child under the age of 6 years old;
- Employees must at all times perform their duties wearing a mask;
- Employers must according to the space in square metres, determine the number of customers and employees in the building and ensure proper social distancing and hygiene conditions are adhered to;
- All banks must ensure that ATM’s have hand sanitizers available and that social distancing is being adhered to;
- Funerals are limited to 50 people with a distance of one and a half metres required. No night vigils or after funeral gatherings are allowed and the duration of funerals are a maximum of two hours during which face masks must be worn at all times;
- All social, faith based, political and traditional council meetings are prohibited;
- Gatherings at cinemas, casinos, museums and libraries are limited to 50 persons at a time;
- Gatherings at sports grounds, beaches, lakes, dams, rivers or any recreational facilities are prohibited but game parks, aquariums, botanical gardens and zoos are open between the hours of 9:00am and 18:00pm;
- Gyms are open for 50 people at a time;
- Evictions and demolitions can only take place by way of a court order and a court can decide to suspend or stay an order depending on various guidelines;
- Visits to correctional centres are prohibited;
- All ports and entry into South Africa are closed (with the exception of certain goods);
- International travel is restricted;
- Public transport can only hold 70% of its licensed capacity for long distance travel (200km);
- The distribution, transportation, tasting or consumption of liquor is all prohibited.
For more information on any of the regulations please do not hesitate to contact us at Schwenn Incorporated Attorneys on 031 003 0630 or email us on Jessica@schwenninc.co.za.