In his latest family hour on the evening of 30 May 2021, President Ramaphosa has revealed the amended regulations pertaining to an adjusted Alert Level 2 effective from midnight the same day. Here is what you need to know about those regulations:
- all indoor and outdoor gatherings, including religious, political and cultural gatherings are permitted, subject to a maximum of 100 people for indoor gatherings and 250 people for outdoor gatherings, provided that, where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, no more than 50% of the venue’s capacity may be occupied, and all social distancing measures are to be observed;
- travel between provinces is permitted, although discouraged;
- funerals may only be attended by a maximum of 100 people and services are not to exceed 2 hours in duration, no vigils are to be held;
- public recreational spaces such as parks, dams and beaches will remain open, subject to the rules of mask-wearing and social distancing;
- business premises must determine the maximum number of employees permitted on the premises to accommodate a 1.5-meter distance between employees;
- curfew has now been set to between 23:00 and 04:00;
- non-essential businesses including restaurants, shops, bars and gyms must close by 22:00;
- every person is compelled to wear a mask in a public space. It is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine or imprisonment, not to do so;
- the owners and managers of public buildings, centres, shops, restaurants, taxis and buses all have a responsibility to ensure that people on their premises or in their vehicles wear masks and that the appropriate social distancing measures are in place;
- if tested positive, or found to have been in contact with another person that tested positive, a person must self-isolate for 10 days.
Just to make it clear: there has been no ban implemented on the selling or serving of alcohol or tobacco products!