Wear a mask or pay up

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - New Covid-19 regulations were announced over the weekend. President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday 12 July, stating that the government will strengthen the enforcement of existing Level 3 regulations and take certain additional measures.

One of these measures is stricter rules around the wearing of cloth masks, which will now be enforced through strengthened regulations.

Employers, shop owners, public transport operators, and owners of public buildings are now legally obliged to ensure that anyone ente-ring their premises or vehicle must be wearing a mask. Those who do not comply can be fined or locked up for a period not exceeding six months, or both.

The sale, dispensing, and distribution of alcohol have also been suspended and a curfew has been put in place between 21:00 and 04:00.

Some of the current level restrictions were relaxed, which apply to taxis, auctions, and public parks. Taxis undertaking local trips will now be permitted to increase their capacity to 100%, while long-distance taxis will not be allowed to exceed 70% occupancy.

All auctions will be permitted subject to protocols similar to those that currently apply to agricultural auctions.

Parks will be open for exercise during the allowed hours, but not for any form of gathering.

“The restrictions on family visits and other social activities remain in place as they present too much of a risk to permit at this stage,” Ramaphosa said.