NATIONAL NEWS - Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma yesterday signed the government notice outlining the regulations that will be in effect during the 21-day national lockdown beginning at midnight tonight.
Anyone not adhering to these regulations faces a fine or six months’ imprisonment.
The regulations prohibit movement between provinces, and the selling or buying of anything except essential goods.
Government has also backtracked on the health minister okaying dog walking and jogging; any form of outdoor exercise do not form part of the allowed regulations.
No one suspected of having Covid-19 may refuse medical examination, admission to a health establishment, quarantine site or isolation site. Treatment will be mandatory.
During the lockdown, citizens will be confined to their places of residence unless they are performing an essential task, obtaining essential goods or services, collecting a social grant or seeking emergency, life-saving or chronic medical attention.
Aside from not being able to leave provinces, there will be no movement between district and metropolitan areas.
All businesses must be closed except for those in the manufacturing of essential goods, or the supply or provision of an essential service. All liquor outlets will be closed.
Retail stores selling essential goods will be prohibited from selling any other goods.
Anyone may be subjected to screening for Covid-19 by an enforcement officer.
Foreign tourists will be subject to being locked down.
Attendance at funerals will be limited to 50 people, with no night vigils and all safety precautions adhered to.
As for public transport, no commuter transport will be allowed except for the purposes of seeking essential goods, receiving social grants, attending funerals and seeking medical attention. Vehicles will only be allowed to carry 50% of their licensed capacity and must follow all directions regarding hygienic conditions and the limiting of exposure.
Where a person renders an essential service and is unable to travel to and from the place of employment, the employer must arrange transport, keeping in mind the prohibition on filling vehicles to beyond 50% of licensed capacity.
Anyone who can’t self-isolate at home can be removed to a temporary shelter by an enforcement officer.
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