New lockdown rules for August and how much you’ll pay for breaking regulations


Lockdown rules
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While South Africans will remain at alert level three for August, the government has made several changes and amendments to current regulations that are worth noting.

Unfortunately, none of the new lockdown rules includes any changes to the restrictions on alcohol and tobacco but some restrictions have been lifted off leisure travel and an extended curfew was issued.

Also recently released by chief magistrates from across the country are the updated lockdown admission of guilt penalties. The penalties are based on provincial and magistrate districts and are reportedly in line with the new level 3 lockdown regulations, introduced in June and July.

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Admission of guilt fines allows a person to admit guilt for a less serious offence without having to appear in court. It is meant to resolve minor offences quickly but it also comes with a criminal record – so it’s not exactly a win-win situation.

Take a look at some of the new lockdown rules, as well as KZN’s list of penalties for breaking lockdown regulations. Read more on the latest COVID-19 related news, right here.

Amended Lockdown Rules

Travel

Last week Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced that individuals will be allowed to leave their homes for leisure purposes, but only within their provinces.

Accommodation facilities will also be allowed to open for leisure purposes. No more than two people may share a room, with the exceptions of a ‘nuclear’ family – two parents and up to two children. Air BnB style services will not be allowed to operate.

Visa Extensions

Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi confirmed the extension of visa validity of foreign nationals who are currently stuck in South Africa. The new grace period for these foreign nationals is now 31 October.

Curfew

Kubayi-Ngubane also announced an amendment to the national curfew last week. The new directive states that every person must be indoors between the hours of 22h00 until 04h00 daily, except for those who have been granted permits for essential work or security or medical emergencies.

Sports

The newly published directive states that sporting activities are allowed to commence, including both professional non-contact and contact sports matches. However, no international sports matches will take place and no spectators will be allowed at stadiums during local matches.

Admission of Guilt Penalties for lockdown level 3 June/July 2020 KwaZulu Natal.


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