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Alert Level 3 Regulations in Summary

Oudtshoorn, 29 May 2020 – The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma released new regulations applicable to alert level 3 which are implementable this coming Monday, 1 June 2020.

The Government Communications Information Systems (GCIS) has summarised the regulations as follows:

Greater personal responsibility

  • Alert level 3 calls for greater personal responsibility as everyone who enters a work, public space or public transport must wear a cloth face mask.
  • Facilities that have been allowed to operate must have sanitisers and screened screen all people entering their premises.
  • As more feet are expected to move, people over 60 years of age and those who are suffering from underlying diseases are encouraged to stay at home.

Movement and travelling

  • Travel is only allowed to and from work, to buy or obtain goods, services and see medical attention. Garden Route, a district in which Oudtshoorn located has not been listed as a hotspot, travel, therefore will be allowed within the district and the greater Oudtshoorn.
  • Travel across provinces, metropolitan areas, districts and hotspots is prohibited.  However, persons with relevant permits can travel for purposes of a funeral, starting work moving to a new residence or caring for an immediate family member.
  • Travel in between provinces and districts will be allowed only for pupils, students and teaching staff.

Country open for business

  • Many more places will now be open and restrictions on movement have been greatly eased.
  • Level 3 allows us to open all the productive sectors of our economy, although at a moderate level in some high risk sectors.
  • While most people may return to work, there will be limits on the number of people in the workplace.
  • Stringent social distancing measures should be implemented in the workplace.
  • Domestic air travel will be allowed for business travellers.

Schooling will resume under level 3

  • Schooling for grade 7 and 12 has been opened to start on 1 June, depending on the readiness of each school.
  • A cautious and phased approach is being taken to reopen schools, which will ensure the health of children and teachers.
  • The school calendar will be revised and curriculum trimmed so that the school year can be salvaged.

Religious gatherings may take place under strict conditions

  • Religious gatherings are permitted so long as health, hygiene and social distancing is observed.
  • A distance of 1.5 metres between a maximum of 50 congregants must be maintained.
  • All congregants must wear masks and the washing of hands or sanitisation should be undertaken prior worship.
  • Places of worship must be sanitised, and screening of participants is mandatory.

Certain restrictions remain in place

  • Our national borders remain closed.
  • The on-site consumption places for food, entertainment and recreation will remain closed.
  • Restaurants, bars and taverns, shebeens, night clubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, fêtes, bazaars, beaches, public parks, museums and casinos will remain closed.
  • Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, conferences, events, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses remain closed.
  • Tobacco products will not be sold.
  • No person may be evicted from their place of residence regardless of whether it is a formal or informal residence or farm dwelling during this period.
  • Male and female initiation practices are still prohibited during this period.
  • The sale of liquor will be permitted from 1 June 2020 only between Mondays and Thursdays from 09h00 and 17h00.

Exercising is allowed

  • The national curfew is no longer in place, and citizens will be allowed to exercise from 06h00 to 18h00 but not in groups.
  • Health protocols and social distancing must be strictly observed.
  • Exercise is only allowed as long as it is not done in organised groupings.
  • Public training, fitness and recreation facilities remain closed except those conducting non-contact sports matches, without spectators.

Let’s move forward together

  • More of our citizens can now return to work to provide for their families.
  • Every company will be required to develop a workplace plan before opening.
  • Industries are encouraged to adopt a work-from-home strategy where possible, and all staff who can work remotely must be allowed to do so.
  • Every business will have to adhere to detailed health and safety protocols to protect their employees.
  • Work environments must have sanitisers available or hand washing facilities with soap.
  • Workers must be screened everyday, and physical distancing must be observed.

Our actions will determine the fate of our nation

  • The most effective defences against the virus are the simplest; everyone must continue to wash hands, sanitise and obey work safety measures.
  • By observing the rules and practicing good behaviour we can reduce the number of infections and deaths.
  • When traveling to and from work, wear a face mask at all times, maintain a safe distance and reduce contact with others where possible.
  • Let us continue to ensure that we protect ourselves and others as we reopen the economy.
  • Let us get back to work responsibly and in a way that minimises transmissions