There was a certain quantity of confusion about what’s and isn’t allowed beneath lockdown Stage three that takes impact right this moment. Highlight tries to make clear issues.
On Sunday 24 Might President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that from 1 June, South Africa would transfer to Stage three of its nationwide lockdown. Then, 4 days later, on Thursday, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Minister of Commerce, Business and Competitors, Ebrahim Patel, introduced the particular regulations that may govern Stage three.
Under we reply 14 frequent questions on how issues can be completely different beneath Stage three in comparison with Stage four.
- Will alcohol and cigarettes be bought?
Dlamini Zuma introduced that the sale of alcohol will now be allowed beneath sure restrictions. Based on the laws, the sale of alcohol might solely happen from Monday to Thursday, between 09:00 and 17:00.
Based on Patel, alcohol could be bought at any premise that has a licence to promote liquor, on the situation that it’s bought in “sealed containers” and isn’t consumed on the premises. The laws confirmed this.
The sale of tobacco merchandise, together with cigarettes, continues to be not allowed.
- Will train nonetheless be restricted?
Sure, however not as a lot. The three-hour time restrict on train has been lifted. The laws now enable for train between 06:00 and 18:00, so long as it doesn’t happen in teams and correct social distancing is maintained.
- I’m a home employee – will I be allowed to return to work?
Patel mentioned home staff might return to work, offered they adhere to security protocols and precautions. He didn’t, nonetheless, elaborate on what these protocols are.
- Are social gatherings allowed?
No. Most social gatherings are nonetheless not allowed.
The laws solely enable for teams of individuals to collect for skilled, non-contact sports activities (to be elaborated on by the Minister of Sports activities, Arts and Tradition), office conferences, funerals, agricultural auctions, and companies at faith-based establishments.
There may be nonetheless a restrict of 50 individuals at such gatherings.
- Will I be allowed to go to church?
Sure. It was announced on Tuesday by the president that locations of worship can be opened beneath Stage three, so long as they meet sure security necessities. Based on the laws, these embrace limiting companies to a most of 50 individuals, who should all put on face masks and preserve sufficient social distance. Locations of worship should even be correctly cleaned and sanitised after each service.
- Can I be legally evicted beneath Stage three?
The laws state that an individual is probably not evicted from their place of land or dwelling beneath Stage three, however leaves some discretion to the courts.
As with Level 4, the laws present for a court docket to grant an eviction beneath the Extension of Safety of Tenure Act and the Prevention of Unlawful Eviction and Illegal Occupation of Land Act. The court docket might solely grant such an eviction order if it “could be stayed and suspended till the final day of the Alert Stage three interval, until a court docket determined that it’s not simply and equitable to remain and droop the order till the final day of Alert stage three”.
- Will we nonetheless have a curfew?
No. Based on Dlamini Zuma, the curfew can be lifted beneath Stage three.
- I’m returning to work subsequent week; will I would like a allow?
Sure, in accordance with Patel you’ll. He mentioned staff would wish a letter from their employers just like the one featured within the laws.
- Will journey between provinces or metropolitan areas be allowed?
Travelling between provinces, districts and metropolitan areas continues to be restricted, with just a few exceptions.
The laws present for journey between these areas if individuals are doing so for work (together with a member of parliament), offered they’ve the proper allow. People who find themselves transferring to a brand new residence also can transfer between these areas, if they’ve an affidavit such because the one offered within the laws.
College students and learners who should journey between these areas to highschool or college might achieve this, offered they’ve the proper certificates.
The certificates have to be issued by the top of their faculty or college, confirming their attendance and containing the scholar’s particulars (this certificates is offered within the laws). Anybody who transports a pupil or learner between the completely different areas should even have a allow issued by the top of the college or college, which permits them to move learners or college students.
These caring for instant members of the family may also be allowed to maneuver to a unique space, if they’ve an affidavit just like the one offered within the laws.
- Can we nonetheless must put on face masks?
Sure. The laws require anybody in a public house or utilizing public transport to put on a face masks.
- Are we allowed to fly domestically?
That depends upon the rationale in your flight. Based on the laws, home flights for leisure aren’t allowed beneath Stage three.
Nonetheless, it was beforehand announced by the president that home flights for the aim of conducting enterprise can be phased in at a later date. But, neither the press briefing on Thursday nor the laws offered specifics on when and beneath what situations these flights might begin.
- I work abroad – when will I have the ability to return to the nation I work in?
The laws present for the minister of dwelling affairs to permit individuals who meet sure standards to enter or go away the nation.
The factors offered by the laws embrace looking for emergency medical therapy for a life-threatening situation, the repatriation of international nationals to their nation of residence, and for the return of a South African nationwide or everlasting resident to his or her place of employment, research or residence.
The Division of Residence Affairs revealed a statement earlier this week outlining who can be eligible to go away the nation and who they need to contact.
- I work at a magnificence salon – can I’m going again to work but?
No. Whereas Stage three has allowed for the reopening of many industries, there are just a few that will not open but. Based on Patel, it is because these industries pose a excessive threat for Covid-19 transmission.
The laws state that the industries that should stay closed beneath Stage three embrace private care industries, equivalent to “hair dressing, magnificence therapy, make-up and nail salons, piercing and tattoo studios”.
Different industries that will not reopen but are additionally listed within the laws.
- Will initiation practices be allowed?
No. The laws state that no initiation practices for males or females can be allowed till the tip of the Nationwide State of Catastrophe. This contains attending an initiation faculty, and circumcision as a part of initiation practices. DM/MC