MINISTER DLAMINI ZUMA GAZZETTES COVID-19 ADJUSTED ALERT LEVEL 4 REGULATIONS
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs(COGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma designated under section 3 and 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), has gazetted a notice which moves the country to Adjusted Level 4 as announced by the President today (27 June 2021).
The third wave and the Delta variant have led to massive surge in new infections which necessitated that we must once again tighten restrictions on the movement of persons, gatherings, curfews and the non pharmaceutical interventions.
In considering what new measures we have to take we have drawn on international best practice and scientific data from studies across the world. Our priority is to break the chain of transmission by reducing person-to-person contact and thereby help to flatten the curve. Based on scientific advice received from the Ministerial Advisory Committee and further consultation with our provinces, metros and traditional leaders, and on the recommendation of the National Coronavirus Command Council, Cabinet has decided that the country should move to Adjusted Alert Level 4.
The decision of Cabinet is to ensure appropriate and proportionate response to the current situation. The new additional restrictions under Alert Level 4 will be in place for the coming 14 days.
The Minister published regulations relating to alert level 4 and it is important for all persons and Organisations to ensure compliance and adherence.
The move to Alert Level 4 will affect several aspects of our lives and may require changes to activities that we had already planned in an effort to protect as many people as possible. It is up to us all to change our behavior and thus ensuring that we work together to defeat Covid.
Communities, industries, businesses and entities, both private and in the public sectors, must operate within the Adjusted Alert Level 4 regulations as amended and gazetted.
Under Alert Level 4, the following measures are to be in place across the country from tomorrow, Monday, the 28th of June 2021 to Sunday, the 11th of July 2021:
– All gatherings – whether indoors or outdoors – are prohibited. These include religious, political, cultural and social gatherings.
– Funerals and cremations are permitted, but attendance may not exceed 50 people and all social distancing and health protocols must be observed.
– Night vigils, after-funeral gatherings and ‘after-tears’ gatherings are not allowed.
– Public spaces, such as beaches and parks, will remain open. However, no gatherings will be permitted.
– A curfew will be in place from 9pm to 4am, and all non-essential establishments will need to close by 8pm.
– The sale of alcohol both for on-site and off-site consumption is prohibited.
– Because of the burden of infections in Gauteng, travel in and out of the province for leisure purposes will be prohibited. This does not include work, business or commercial travel, transit through airports or for the transport of goods. For those who are currently not in their place of residence, they will be allowed to return home to or from Gauteng.
– Visits to old age homes, care facilities and other ‘congregant settings’ will be restricted.
– Initiation practices and post initiation celebrations are prohibited.
– Restaurants and other eateries will only be permitted to sell food for take-away or delivery.
– Any place or premises normally open to the public or where people may gather are closed, these includes gyms; fitness centers; flea markets;night clubs; casinos; tarvens and shebeens; theatres; museums.
– Retail stores or institutions are required to take steps to ensure that customers observe all the non-pharmaceutical protocols.
– A person may not be evicted from his or her home or land or have his or her place of residence demolished for the duration of the National State of Disaster, unless competent court has granted an order authorizing the eviction or demolition.
– The closure of schools and other educational institutions for the winter holidays will be brought forward. Schools will start closing from this Wednesday, the 30th of June, and all schools will be expected to be closed by the end of the week, on Friday. Contact classes at tertiary institutions will end by Wednesday, the 30th of June, with limited access to the institutions. Ministers in the sector will provide more details.
Throughout our response to the pandemic, we have sought to take measures that are appropriate and proportionate to the threat of infection, hence we call for changes in behaviour as it can make a huge difference.
Although over 2 million people have already been given vaccines there is no room for complacency. We should continue to vaccinate and not let our guard down.
All persons are urged to be cautious and continue observing non-pharmacetical interventions against COVID-19 in an effort to mitigate the rapid spread and the increasing infections. (Wear a mask at all times, social distance, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer).
We must sustain our commitment to remain responsive, agile and compassionate as we work to save lives and protect the livelihoods of all South Africans.
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Issued by the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs