Adjusted Level 3 regulations published: Here's what you need to know

Adjusted Level 3 regulations published: Here's what you need to know

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) have published the amended government gazette following President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to the nation. 

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Ramaphosa on Sunday announced that South Africa would remain under alert Level 3 despite the country approaching its coronavirus peak, which, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is expected to be in mid-August. 

However, Ramaphosa announced a string of lockdown reimplementation’s and amendments including the immediate ban on the sales of alcohol, and the activation of a curfew between 9pm and 4am where only persons with permits are subject to movement. 

The sale of tobacco products is still prohibited. 

Wearing a mask in public is now mandatory. The onus is on employers and managers to ensure that employees wear a mask in the workplace. Workers are not permitted to perform any functions without wearing a mask.

Schools principals and managers of homes for the aged "must take all reasonable steps to ensure the relevant authority supplies the school or early childhood development centre with sufficient cloth face masks,” according to the gazette. 

READ: South Africa hits world's top ten for Covid-19 cases

On public transport, taxis loading locally, are permitted to ferry at 100 percent capacity, while long-distance trips (of 200 km or more within or cross-provincial travel) are only allowed to carry 70 percent passengers. 

Accommodation facilities like: hotels, bed and breakfast, guest houses and resorts are only allowed to operate for work purposes, quarantine and isolation, and also continue to house those confined to the facility like tourists. 

Beaches and public parks are off-limits. Persons may only be allowed in public parks for exercising. 

Public transport drivers, building manager, employers, managers and school principal who fail to comply with the amended regulations will be fined or face imprisonment of not more than six months or both. 

Ministers of the departments affected by the amendments will issue further directions this week. 

For the full list of amendments, click here

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