Health/05 May 2022, 17:17pm/ Mandla Nkosi
South African Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla: image supplied
Johannesburg: Health minister Joe Phaahla has gazetted new regulations under the National Health Act to replace the country’s transitional measures.
The rules cover a number of key issues including the wearing of masks, gatherings, and travel.
As these are not transitional measures, no ‘end date’ has been provided, with the government still considering separate long-term changes under the National Health Act. However, the regulations do give powers to the health minister to lift certain restrictions if he deems they are no longer necessary.
Some of the key regulations around masks which remain in effect include:
All gatherings are permitted at 50% of the venue capacity:
Alternatively, gatherings are permitted for the unvaccinated and those without tests, but are limited to 1,000 persons or fewer for indoor venues and 2,000 persons or fewer for outdoor venues.
If the venue is too small to hold the prescribed number of persons observing a distance of at least one metre from each other, then not more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.
Travel into South Africa is permitted provided:
Outbound travellers from South Africa must continue to comply with the requirements of the country of destination.