Dear CEO Members
Today the National Coronavirus Command Council had a media briefing that discussed in more detail the implications of the national lockdown moving from level 4 to level 3 this coming Monday the 01st of June 2020, subject to the final published regulations. Level 3 sees a much larger portion of the economy re-opening and will see a vast number of workers returning to work as from the 01st of June.
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma once again emphasised that the wearing of masks, social distancing, proper washing of hands and the regular use of hand sanitiser are of utmost importance.
The Minister also brought to light the fact that certain areas of the country had been classified as hotspots and that these hotspots would be closely monitored and could have stricter measures put in place depending on the rate of infection of that particular region. The hotspots have been identified as follows:
- City of Johannesburg;
- Buffalo City;
- Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality;
- City of the Cape town; and
- Other Western Cape municipalities (Overberg, Cape Winelands, and Chris Hani)
Possibly the most noteworthy update to the regulations, and certainly to the joy of many South Africans, was that the sale of liquor would be permitted for off-site consumption as from the 01st of June 2020. This, however, comes with a caveat in that the sale of liquor will only be permitted from Monday to Thursday during the hours of 09:00 to 17:00. The sale of tobacco products remains prohibited under level 3 regulations.
The Curfew will be lifted from the 01st of June 2020. Cloth masks must always be worn. Exercise is permitted all day, however not in groups or organised gatherings and social distancing still applies. Gyms are not allowed to open. The exceptions hereto are for professional athletes; no contact sports matches are allowed as well as no spectators too.
A maximum number of 50 attendees are permitted to attend a funeral for close family, whereby strict adherence to social distancing must be adhered to. Furthermore, attendance registers must be kept of the attendees of the funeral. All attendees of a funeral must be in possession of a travel permit when travelling inter-provincially. Entities that are not yet permitted to operate are on-site food consumption, recreation and entertainment, hotels, lodges, and places of leisure with certain exceptions.
Under the new regulations, Religious counselling will be regarded as an essential service. On the 01st of June 2020, religious gatherings will be permitted under strict conditions: Health, hygiene, screening, wearing of masks, washing hands and 1.5m social distancing is observed for a maximum of 50 congregants with records to be kept of attendees.
The Minister again reiterated that if employees can work from home, they should endeavour to do so in an attempt to flatten the curve and restrict the spread of the virus. The Minister further eluded to the fact that Workplace gatherings/meetings may take place with strict health, hygiene, and social distancing of 1.5m distancing.
Further to this, the Minister stated that local government will be operating at almost full capacity. This would be done in line with strict guidelines issued by government and other associations and business.
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