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Regulations for Alert Level 4 in effect from 1 May 2020

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New regulations for South African under level 4 of the new alert system will come into effect from 1 May 2020.

As the country begins to ease some lockdown measures, it is vital that strict limits on movement and gatherings remain in place to ensure continued control of the spread of COVID-19.

The government has released an updated Government Gazette outlining the new regulations. Highlights include:

Alert levels may be applied to different extents at national, provincial, metropolitan or district levels. Page 7 | 3. Application of Regulations

(2) The Cabinet member responsible for cooperative governance and traditional affairs shall. upon the recommendation of the Cabinet member responsible for health and in consultation with Cabinet, declare which of the following alert levels apply, and the extent to which they apply at a national, provincial, metropolitan or district level:

(a)’Alert Level 1′ as determined by Cabinet;
(b)’Alert Level 2′ as determined by Cabinet;
(c)’Alert Level 3′ as determined by Cabinet;
(d)’Alert Level 4′ as determined by Cabinet; and
(e)’Alert Level 5′ as determined by Cabinet.

Restaurants are permitted to deliver takeaway food between 09H00 and 19H00. Sit-down and pick-up are not allowed. Page 26 | Table 1, Part I

Restaurants only for food delivery services (09H00-19H00) and subject to restriction on movement (no sit-down or pick-up allowed).

Cross-provincial travel is prohibited, except for in certain circumstance in which a permit is required. Permit forms are found on pages 29-33.

Page 17 | 16. Movement of persons

(4) Movement between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts are prohibited except—

(a) for workers who have a permit to perform an essential or permitted service who have to
(b) commute to and from work on a daily basis;
(c) the attendance of a funeral, as allowed;
(d) the transportation of mortal remains; and
(e) for learners who have to commute to and from school or higher education institutions on a daily basis during periods when those institutions are permitted to operate.

(5) Any person who was not at their place of residence. or work before the lockdown period and who could not travel between provinces, metropolitan and district areas during the lockdown, will be permitted, on a once -off basis, to return to their places of residence or work and will be required to stay in such place until the end of Alert Level 4

Workplaces must adhere to health protocols, social distancing, and develop a phased plan for employees to return to work. Page 22 | 28. Operation of economic sectors

(1) Businesses and other entities as set out in Table 1 may commence operations. (See page 24.)
(2) Every person in control of a retail store or institution must—
(a) take steps to ensure that customers keep a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, and that all directions in respect of health protocols and social distancing measures COVID-19, are adhered to; and
(b) designate a compliance official to ensure that the safety controls are strictly adhered to, and display the name of the official prominently in the store or in a visible area.

Page 17 | 16. Movement of persons

(6) All industries, businesses, entities, both private and in the public sector, which are permitted to operate during Alert Level 4, must—

(a) designate a COVID -19 compliance officer who will oversee the:

(i) implementation of the plan referred to in sub-regulation

(b) and;

(ii) adherence to the standards of hygiene and health protocols relating to COVID-19 at the workplace:

(b) develop a plan for the phased-in return of their employees to the workplace, prior to reopening the workplace for business, which plan must correspond with Annexure E (page 38) and be retained for inspection and contain the following information:

(i) which employees are permitted to work;
(ii) what the plans for the phased-inn return of their employees to the workplace are;
(iii) what health protocols are in place to protect employees from COVID-19; and
(iv) the details of the COVID -19 compliance officer:

(c) phase in the return of their employees to work to manage the return of employees from other provinces, metropolitan and district areas: and
(d) develop measures to ensure that the workplace meets the standards of health protocols, adequate space for employees and social distancing measures for the public and service providers, as required.

A curfew is in place between 20H00 and 05H00.
Page 17 | 16. Movement of persons

(3) Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 20H00 until 05H00 daily, except where a person has been granted a permit to perform an essential or permitted service as listed in Annexure D (page 35), or is attending to a security or medical emergency.

All borders will remain closed except for in cases of repatriation and medical emergency. Page 20 | 21. Closure of borders

All borders of the Republic remain closed during the period of Alert Level 4, except for ports of entry designated by the Cabinet member responsible for home affairs and for the transportation of fuel, cargo and goods during the period of Alert Level 4.

Page 17 | 16. Movement of person

(5) The Cabinet member responsible for home affairs, or a person designated by him or her, may allow a person to enter or exit the Republic for emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition, or for a South African, or foreign national to be repatriated to their country of nationality or permanent residence.

All guest accommodations, including private and public game reserves, will remain closed, except for the purposes of quarantine and essential services such as security and maintenance. Page 21 | 24. Places and premises closed to the public

(1) Any place or premises normally open to the public where religious, cultural, sporting, entertainment, recreational, exhibitional, organisational or similar activities may take place, is closed.
(2) Any place or premises normally open to the public or where people may gather, are prohibited. These include —

(a) public parks, sports grounds and fields, beaches and swimming pools;
(b) flea markets;
(c) fêtes and bazaars:
(d) night clubs;
(e) casinos;
(f) hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, Airbnbs, timeshare facilities and resorts, and guest houses, except to the extent that they are required for remaining tourists confined to hotels, lodges and guest houses;
(g) private and public game reserves except to the extent that they are required for remaining tourists confined to private and public game reserves;
(h) holiday resorts except to the extent that they are required for remaining tourists confined to such holiday resort;
(i) taverns and shebeens, or similar establishments;
(j) theatres and cinemas; and
(k) museums.

(3) Persons rendering security and maintenance services may continue to perform these services at the places or premises listed in this regulation.

Foreign tourists must remain in their temporary residence and may be subject to screening and quarantine. If an evacuation has been arranged, the tourist(s) must be escorted to the point of exit.
Page 17 | 16. Movement of persons

(6) All foreign tourists who arrived in the Republic prior to the lockdown period, which ended on 30 April 2020, and who remained in the Republic, must remain in their place of temporary residence in the Republic for the duration of Alert Level 4, as the case may be, and may be subject to screening for COVID-19 and be quarantined or isolated as required: Provided that the evacuation of foreign tourists where arrangements, including an arrangement for the evacuation by air charter, has been made by the relevant embassy, may be allowed: Provided further that a tourist is escorted to the point of exit where he or she may be screened again.

Exercise is allowed within a 5km radius of home between 06H00 to 09H00. Page 16 | 16. Movement of persons

(2) A person may leave their place of residence to—(f) walk, run or cycle between the hours of 06H00 to 09H00, within a five-kilometre radius of their place of residence: Provided that this is not done in organised groups.

The sale of cigarettes is prohibited. Page 22 | 27. Tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products

The sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products is prohibited.

The sale of alcohol is prohibited. Transporting alcohol for the purpose of export is permitted. Page 22 | 26. Sale, dispensing or transportation of liquor

(1) The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited.
(2) The transportation of liquor is prohibited, except where alcohol is required for industries producing hand sanitizers, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use and household cleaning products.
(3) The transportation of liquor for export purposes is permitted.
(4) No special or events liquor licenses may be considered for approval during the duration of the national state of disaster.

Please click here to access the updated Government Gazette which outlines the new Level 4 regulations.

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