Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has gazetted the new regulations in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s national address on Monday evening.
President Ramaphosa confirmed the extension of South Africa’s level 3 lockdown until the country passes the peak of new infections and changes to some restrictions.
Below are some of the gazetted regulations;
The country’s beaches dams, rivers, and public pools in hotspot areas remain closed to the public.
A new definition for ‘beach’ was outlined to give context as to where South Africans are and are not allowed to gather or walk.
In this instance, “beach” means the sandy, pebbly or rocky shore between the high-water mark and low-water mark adjacent to:
- The sea;
- An estuary mouth extending 1,000 meters inland from the mouth; and
- Within 100 metres of the high-water mark, excluding private property. including the sea and estuary themselves adjacent to the beach.
Travel into and out of the country will be permitted for:
- The transportation of fuel, cargo, and goods
- Emergency medical attention for life-threatening conditions – with proof of such a condition
- The return of South African nationals, permanent residents, or persons with valid visas
- Departure of foreign nationals
- Daily commuters from neighboring countries who attend school in South Africa. A person may apply for emergency travel at the Department of Home Affairs
International air travel is restricted to OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, and Cape Town International Airport.
All land ports of entry into and out of South Africa are closed until 15 February 2021.
The curfew will take effect daily from 21h00 until 05h00 unless a person is performing an essential service or has an emergency.
Closing time for the following establishments, whether indoors or outdoors, is 20h00:
- Museums, galleries and archives:
- Gyms and fitness centres;
- Venues hosting auctions: and
- Venues hosting professional sport.
Owners or operators of any indoor or outdoor facility where gatherings take place must display the certificate of occupancy which sets out the maximum number of persons the facility may hold.
The following gatherings are prohibited:
- Social gatherings;
- Faith-based gatherings;
- Political gatherings;
- Traditional council meetings
- Gatherings at a workplace for work purposes are allowed, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.