'Be aware of level 1 lockdown rules on social gatherings'
"The changes to Level 1 lockdown regulations, gazetted by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 30 December, also introduce an element of ‘self-policing’ with South Africans facing potential fines and/or imprisonment for failing to follow the regulations around gatherings,” reported BusinessTech (3 January2022).
This includes: Any person who knows or should reasonably have suspected that the number of persons attending an event exceeds the set limits commits an offence, and on conviction, and is liable to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding six months.
Other general changes to be aware of under the new regulations include:
- The curfew has been lifted with no restrictions on the hours of movement of people.
- The risk of an increase in infections is still high, given the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant. The government, therefore, calls on all organisers of gatherings to ensure that all health protocols are observed at all times and that all attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated.
- Alcohol establishments that have licences to operate beyond 23h00 have reverted back to full licence conditions.
- The NCCC will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make further adjustments as necessary, particularly if pressure on health facilities increases.
- The wearing of masks in public places is still mandatory, and failure to wear a mask when required remains a criminal offence.