SA TIMES-Minister Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma Late on Thursday night, government gazetted a set of amendments to the primary rules that govern lockdown – which came into effect immediately.
You may now leave your home to meet up to three friends and exercise as an organised group between 06:00 and 18:00, provided that you maintain social distancing.
The other big changes are that sit-down meals will now be allowed in restaurants – and that casinos, conferences, cinemas, museums and libraries can reopen in the new advanced Level 3 stage of the national lockdown.
But the new regulations stipulate that these facilities can only reopen when safety protocols have been published.
While not specifically excluded in the new regulations, a tweet from the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs indicated that restaurants may not be able to serve alcohol when they do open:
According to the regulations, drinking in bars, taverns and shebeens remains illegal.
Here’s what else you need to know about the new regulations:
Only 50 people will be allowed in cinemas and theatres
While specific safety rules are still awaited, Cogta says only 50 people may be in a cinema and the theatre at a time. For cinemas, tickets must be sold “through a booking system”.
You can now train in a small group
You can now exercise with three other people between 06:00 to 18:00.
Contact sports will be allowed
But this will be for “training” only, and subject to new rules from the department of health – which have not yet been published.
What remains banned:
- Gyms must remain closed. (Sports fields and swimming pools can be open for training of professional athletes and non-contact sports matches.)
- Fêtes and bazaars as well as night clubs must remain closed.
- Accommodation in private homes, like Airbnb, remained banned.
- Beaches and public parks are also off limits.
- Domestic passenger air travel, as well as passenger ships, for leisure purposes, are out of bounds.
Movement between provinces remains prohibited, with a number of exceptions, including work, funerals, caring for an immediate family member, and school or university.