Lockdown Level 4: Jail time for attending gatherings, sit-down restaurants, church and more


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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted South Africa’s adjusted level 4 lockdown restrictions this morning (Monday 28 June). The new restrictions will remain in place for 14 days until 11 July, when regulations will be reassessed.

For the next two weeks, South Africans can face jail time for a list of offences like organising or attending a gathering and sitting down at a restaurant as the new Alert Level 4 regulations (published on Monday, 28 June) immediately enforce a number of new criminal offences.

Failing to wear a mask in public continues to be an offence while business owners who don’t enforce social-distancing rules could still go to jail. All gatherings are prohibited except funerals, at the workplace or when shopping. There is also a complete prohibition on the sale of alcohol, a tighter evening curfew, and a ban on leisure travel to and from Gauteng.

Anyone who breaks the latest rules or anyone who “incites, instigates, commands, or procures” anyone else to break the rules will be liable to criminal prosecution and could be fined or face up to six months jail time, “Any person who attends a faith-based, religious, social, political or cultural gathering and who knows and ought reasonably to have known or suspected that is is prohibited, commits an offence,” the latest update reads.

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While not fully detailed in Ramaphosa’s address, the final gazette states that several businesses and premises will be required to close in terms of the new ban on gatherings.

The following must close to the public from 28 June – 11 July:

  • Gyms and fitnesses centres
  • Casinos
  • Taverns, shebeens and bars
  • Restaurants – except for off-site consumption
  • Theatres and cinemas
  • Museums
  • Conference facilities
  • Older persons residential facilities

Incitement

A new clause states that any person who incites, instigates, commands, or procures any other person to commit any offence in terms of these regulations is committing an offence and faces a possible fine or conviction not exceeding six months in jail.

Curfew

New curfew imposed 21h00 – 04h00. People may not leave their homes between these hours, except for emergencies or if they are essential workers. All businesses permitted to remain must close at 20h00.

Inter-provincial travel

Leisure travel in and out of Gauteng province is prohibited, except for business purposes, emergencies, attending a funeral, moving residences.

Gatherings

All gatherings are prohibited, including religious and social gatherings. Funerals are allowed – attendance is limited to 50 people. Stores and grocers and supermarkets must limit the number of people inside to 50% of floor space including employees. No spectators are allowed sporting events and matches may continue.

Schools

All schools will be closed for contact classes from 30 June, while early childhood development centres may remain open.

Alcohol

The sale and transportation of alcohol are strictly prohibited. No special dispensation for liquor licences will be given over this 14 day period.

Transport 

Bus and taxi services may not carry more than 70% capacity for long-distance travel (a trip of 200km or more) but may carry 100% capacity for shorter trips. All passengers are required to wear a mask.

Borders

There are no changes to borders.

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