Government updates lockdown regulations – here are 4 important changes


Lockdown Regulations
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Government has gazetted a number of changes to existing lockdown regulations including the re-opening of preschools and the staggered re-opening of international travel. It was also announced last week that the National State of Diaster would be extended to October 15.

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The new lockdown regulations -published by various departments- come as President Ramaphosa is rumoured to announce the country’s move to level 1 this week. Take a look at the changes to level 2 lockdown regulations below and read more on trending news, right here.

Retirement Homes and Frail Care Facilities

The latest directive confirms that visits are now permitted, provided that:

  • The visits are planned
  • There is a pre-visit screening call
  • Visitors are subjected to symptom checking and determination of previously known exposure to Covid-19

Pre-schools, aftercare, and early childhood development programmes

Early childhood development programmes and partial care facilities may be reopened subject to health and safety measures being in place:

  • A child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or, if not practically possible, by a person designated by a parent or legal guardian, every day when the child attends an early childhood development programme or a partial care facility – and they must be screened
  • In the case of a child who is twelve years or younger and accompanied by a designated person, the parents or legal guardian must provide the child with the required information for the purpose of the symptom screening
  • A parent, legal guardian or a person designated by a parent or legal guardian has a right to enquire from the early childhood development programme or partial care facility about the details of the measures that have been put in place
  • A child with a known underlying health condition that may place the child at a higher than normal risk category as defined by the Department of Health, may not return unless s a medical practitioner gives written authorisation that it is safe

Travel

The new directive expands the circumstances when international flights are allowed. These include:

  • The transportation of fuel, cargo and goods
  • Humanitarian operations
  • The evacuation of a South African national or permanent resident to the republic
  • The repatriation of a foreign national to their country of nationality or permanent residence
  • Medical emergencies in respect of a life-threatening condition
  • The movement of staff of diplomatic and international organisations
  • The return of a South African national or permanent resident to their place of employment, study or residence, outside the republic
  • Other categories, as authorised by the Minister of Transport, but excluding international passenger air travel for leisure purposes.
  • The directive also further opens up which activities are permitted for general aviation, including recreational aviation.

Courts

The country’s courts are operational under level 2 and 1. New updates to existing regulations include:

  • An audiovisual link or any electronic mode may be used in any proceedings where the presiding officer deems it appropriate and, where to do so, would prevent unreasonable delay, save costs or be convenient and make it unnecessary for the person to appear in person in the courtroom.
  • The number of persons allowed in a public gallery of a courtroom, courthouse or justice service point, is subject to a restriction to not more than 50% of the available floor space, with members of the public observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other.

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