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Covid-19: amended regulations announced

Covid-19: amended regulations announced

Last night, the President announced new amendments to the Covid-19 Alert Level 1 lockdown regulations, by increasing the Alert Level to an amended Alert Level 3.

The regulations take effect as of midnight on 28 December 2020.

The amended regulations are as follows:

  • all indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited for 14 days, except for certain excluded businesses including restaurants, museums, gyms and casinos, a full list of which will be set out in the regulations;
  • non-essential establishments, including bars, shops and restaurants, must close at 20:00;
  • funerals may only be attended by 50 people;
  • any business premises must determine the maximum number of employees permitted on the premises to accommodate a 1.5-meter distance between employees;
  • curfew is extended from 21:00 to 6:00;
  • every person is compelled to wear a mask in a public space. It is now a criminal offence not to do so, punishable by a fine or imprisonment; 
  • sale of alcohol on- or off-site is prohibited; and
  • all beaches, dams, rivers, public parks in hotspots are closed.

The following additional hotspots have been identified:

  • Chris Hani District
  • Buffalo city
  • Alfred Nzo
  • OR Tambo District
  • Llembe District
  • eThekwini
  • Umgungdlovu District
  • Ugu District
  • Harry Gwala
  • King Cetshwayo
  • West Rand
  • Tshwane
  • Ekhuruleni
  • Johannesburg
  • Winelands
  • City of Cape Town
  • Central Karoo
  • Bojonala District
  • Waterberg District
  • Capricorn District

We will keep members abreast of further developments.

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