COVID-19 Coronavirus

Regulations and Guidelines - Coronavirus Covid-19

From 1 June 2020 alert level 3 will be in effect.

Alert level 4 was in effect from 1 to 31 May.

Alert level 5 was in effect from midnight 26 March to 30 April.

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

General measures to contain the spread of COVID-19

5. (1) The wearing of-
(a) a cloth face mask;
(b) a homemade item; or
(c) another appropriate item, that covers the nose and mouth, is mandatory for every person when in a public place.

(2) No person will be allowed to-
(a) use, operate, perform any service on any form of public transport;
(b) enter or be in a building, place or premises, including government buildings, places or premises, used by the public to obtain goods or services; or
(c) be in any public open space, if he or she is not wearing a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth.

(2A) The prohibition in subregulation (2)(c) shall not apply to a person who undertakes vigorous exercise in a public place, provided that the person maintains a distance of at least three metres from any other person, and subject to directions on what is considered to be vigorous, issued by the Cabinet member responsible for health.

(3) (a) An employer must provide every employee with a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, when in the workplace.
(b) An employer may not allow any employee to perform any duties or enter the employment premises if the employee is not wearing a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth while performing his or her duties.
(c) The principal of a school, or owner or manager of an early childhood development centre must take all reasonable steps to ensure the relevant authority supplies the school or early childhood development centre with sufficient cloth face masks, homemade items, or other appropriate items that covers the nose and mouth to provide to a learner of that school or early childhood development centre who does not have a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth.
(d) Directions on the use of a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, in early childhood development centres, shall be issued by the Cabinet member responsible for social development after consultation with the Cabinet members responsible for cooperative governance and traditional affairs and health.
(e) Should a learner arrive at school or early childhood development centre without a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth-
(i) the learner may be provided with an appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, if possible; or
(ii) if the school or early childhood development centre cannot provide such learner with an appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, such learner must be isolated and his or her parent, guardian or care-giver must be contacted to, without delay-

(4) Every business premises, including, but not limited to a supermarket,shop, grocery store, retail store, wholesale produce market or pharmacy shall
(a) determine their area of floor space in square metres;
(b) based on the information contemplated in paragraph (a), determine the number of customers and employees that may be inside the premises at any time with adequate space available;
(c) take steps to ensure that persons queuing inside or outside the premises are able to maintain a distance of one and a half metres from each other;
(d) provide hand sanitisers for use by the public and employees at the entrance to the premises; and
(e) assign, in writing, an employee or any other suitable person. as the compliance employee, who must ensure-
(i) compliance with the measures provided for in paragraphs (a) to (d); and
(ii) that all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and limitation of exposure to persons with COVID-19 are adhered to.

(5) All employers must adopt measures to promote physical distancing of employees, including-
(a) enabling employees to work from home or minimising the need for employees to be physically present at the workplace:
(b) the provision for adequate space;
(c) restrictions on face to face meetings:
(d) special measures for employees with known or disclosed health issues or comorbidities, with any condition which or may place such employees at a higher risk of complications or death if they are infected with COVID-19;
(e) special measures for employees above the age of 60 who are at a higher risk of complications or death if they are infected with COVID-19.

(aa) bring, for the learner, a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth to the school or early childhood development centre; or
(bb) arrange for safe transport for the learner back home.

(6) The requirements as set out in subregulation (4) applies with the necessary changes. to any other building that is not provided for by subregulation (4).

(7) All courier and delivery services shall provide for minimized personal contact during delivery.

Public transport

43. (1) For purposes of this regulation "long distance travel" is a trip of 200 km or more whether the travel is within a province or inter-provincial.

(2) The Cabinet member responsible for transport must, after consultation with the Cabinet members responsible for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, health, police, trade, industry and competition, and justice and correctional services, issue directions for the resumption of different modes of public transport to cater for the gradual return to work of people, in respect of-
(a) domestic air travel;
(b) rail, bus services, taxi services;
(c) e-hailing services; and
(d) private vehicles.

(3) Bus and taxi services may operate under the following conditions:
(a) May not carry more than 70% of the licensed capacity for long distance intra-provincial and permitted inter-provincial travel; and
(b) may carry 100% of the licensed capacity for any trip not regarded as long distance travel in terms of subregulation (1).

(4) A driver, owner or operator of public transport may not allow any member of the public not wearing a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, to board or be conveyed in public transport owned or operated by him or her.

(5) The directions to be issued by the Cabinet member responsible for transport must set out the health protocols that must be adhered to and steps to be followed for the limitation of the exposure of members of the public using public transport to COVID-19.

Regulations

Directions

COVID-19 Contact Details
  • Aviation related enquiries
    Ms Andries Ntjane
    Cell: 083 633 4305
  • Public Transport related enquiries
    Ms Kemantha Manilal
    082 395 6777
  • Maritime related enquiries
    Mr Mthunzi Madiya
    084 651 4000
  • Rail related enquiries
    Mr Jan-David Villiers
    083 625 6795
  • Roads and Vehicle Licencing enquiries
    Adv Johannes Makgatho
    078 515 0806

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