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COGTA Releases Updated Level 1 Regulations

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The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has promulgated updated Lockdown Level 1 Regulations, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on 14 December 2020.

Please click here to view the Regulations.

Contained within the Government Gazette, published 15 December 2020, are the following regulations, effective immediately:

Movement of people

  • Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 23H00 until 04H00 daily (22H00 to 04H00 in hotspots), unless a person has been granted permission or for a security or medical emergency.
  • Closing time for the following establishments, whether indoors or outdoors, is 22H00 daily (21H00 in hotspots):
    • Faith-based institutions
    • venues where social events are hosted
    • venues hosting concerts and live performances
    • cinemas
    • theatres
    • casinos
    • museums, galleries and archives
    • gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools
    • restaurants, bars, taverns, shebeens and similar establishments
    • venues hosting sport, arts and culture activities; and
    • any other place where a gathering may take place

Gatherings

Every person, when attending a gathering and in order to limit exposure to COVID-19 must wear a face mask; adhere to all health protocols; maintain a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, and adhere to any other health protocols and social distancing measures as provided for in directions issued by the relevant Cabinet member after consultation with the Cabinet member responsible for health.

Other regulations to note include: 

  • An owner or operator of any indoor or outdoor facility where gatherings are held must display the certificate of occupancy which sets out the maximum number of persons the facility may hold.
  • Gatherings at social events, conferences and meetings, concerts and live performances, cinemas and theatres, and casinos are limited to 100 persons or less in case of an indoor gathering and 250 persons or less in case of an outdoor gathering. If the venue is too small to hold 100 persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used. Persons participating through electronic platforms are not included in these limitations.

Beach gatherings

Gatherings at beaches are allowed subject to the following exceptions and conditions:

  • Beaches in the Eastern Cape province will be closed to the public from 16 December 2020 until 03 January 2021.
  • Beaches in the Garden Route District will be closed to the public from 16 December 2020 until 3 January 2021.
  • Beaches in the KwaZulu -Natal province will be closed to the public on 16, 25, 26 and 31 December 2020 and 1, 2 and 3 January 2021.
  • Beaches in the Northern Cape and the Western Cape provinces (excluding the Garden Route District beaches) will be open to the public.
  • Festivals, live music, live performances and loud music at beaches are prohibited.
  • All beaches that are open to the public shall:
    • be open between 09H00 and 18H00; and
    • be monitored for compliance with all health protocols, wearing of face masks and social distancing measures.

Access to parks

Access to national and provincial parks, and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place, will remain open to the public. 

  • Gatherings at public parks are allowed, subject to the following exemptions and conditions:
  • Public parks in the Eastern Cape province will be closed from 16 December 2020 until 3 January 2021.
  • Public parks in the KwaZulu -Natal province will be closed to the public only on 16, 25, 26 and 31 December 2020 and 1, 2 and 3 January 2021.
  • Public parks in the Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces will be open to the public.
  • Public parks that are open to the public shall:
    • be open between 09H00 and 18H00;
    • be monitored for compliance with all health protocols wearing of face masks and social distancing measures; and
    • any loud music, whether live or otherwise, is prohibited.

Restaurants, bars, shebeens and hospitality establishments or similar

Gatherings at the following places are allowed, subject to the limitations set out below:

  • Restaurants, bars, taverns, shebeens, and similar establishments are subject to a maximum of 100 persons or less in case of an indoor gathering and 250 persons or less in case of an outdoor gathering. If the venue is too small to hold 100 persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.
  • Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses are subject to a restriction on the number of persons allowed in the establishment to not more than 50% of the available accommodation capacity, with patrons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other.

Sale and distribution of liquor

The sale of liquor by a licensed premise for off-site consumption is only permitted from 10H00 to 18H00, from Mondays to Thursdays, excluding Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and by a licensed premise for on-site consumption is permitted, subject to strict adherence to the curfew.

The consumption of liquor in public places, except in licensed on-site consumption premises, is not permitted.

Registered wineries and wine farms may continue to operate in offering wine tastings and the selling of liquor to the public for off-site consumption, from 10H00 to 18H00, from Mondays to Saturdays, subject to strict adherence to social distancing measures and health protocols.

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