On 18 August 2020, South Africa moved to Alert Level (AL) 2 of the national state of disaster under amended regulations promulgated in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 (the AL2 Regulations).
AL2 sees a further reopening of the economy, minimal restrictions on movement of persons and a focus on compliance with health protocols. The shift from AL3 to AL2 comes in the wake of evidence of decreased rates of COVID-19 infections and increased recovery rates. These factors, President Cyril Ramaphosa noted in his address on 15 August 2020, have significantly reduced pressure on South Africa’s health facilities.
Because the amended regulations pertaining to AL3 already provided for significant economic reopening, the regulation of AL2 is much the same as AL3, with a few notable exceptions. This note details those amendments.
Read more: B4SA level 2 guidance note