Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - The country moved to Level 1 of the lockdown on Monday 21 September. The level offers more personal freedom, but came with a warning that the virus hasn’t disappeared. The wearing of masks, sanitising and social distancing are still compulsory.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma published a series of directives which outline the country’s move to a level 1 lockdown and the new rules that are in place.
The biggest change is the re-opening of borders with international flights from 1 October. All travels from the African continent and from countries with a low rate of Covid-19 infection and transmission, can resume. Travellers must provide a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. The list of high risk and safe countries is still to be finalised. It will be published before travel opens up on 1 October, Dlamini-Zuma said. The minister said the list will be changing as new data becomes available, and won’t be a one-off. Long-term visas will be activated from 1 October.
Regulations regarding gatherings include that only 50% capacity of venues may be used. Churches, conferences, theatres and cinemas are limited to 250 persons or less in case of an indoor gathering and 500 persons or less in case of an outdoor gathering. Casinos are limited to not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue.
- Liquor may be sold on Fridays too.
- Attendance at funerals is limited to 100 persons or less and night vigils are still not allowed.
- The curfew is still in place. Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 00:00 until 04:00 daily, except where a person has been granted a permission for work purposes or is attending to a security or medical emergency.
Closed to the public and exclusions:
The following areas remain closed: night vigils; night clubs; the 35 land borders that remain closed; initiation practices; passenger ships for international leisure purposes; attendance of any sporting event by spectators and international sports events.