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Amendments Proposed to Disaster Management Act Regulations

March 31, 2022

Department of Cooperative Governance

Amendments are proposed to Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The cooperative governance department published the draft amendments in Government Gazette 46127 for comment.

A new Regulation 67 on mandatory protocols when in a public place is proposed.

It stipulates that everyone, excluding children under six years of age, must wear face masks in an indoor public place.

Masks must be worn on public transport and in buildings, places or premises used by the public to obtain goods or services.

Masks will not be required in open public space but social distancing of one metre must be maintained.

Schools will not need to adhere to the one metre social distancing rule.

A new Regulation 69 on Gatherings and a new Regulation 75 on Partial Re-opening of Borders are also proposed.

Attendance at gatherings will be allowed for people either fully vaccinated or unvaccinated with a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of the gathering utilizing up to 50% of the capacity of the venue.

Gatherings limited to 1000 persons or less for indoor venues and 2000 persons or less for outdoor venues will be open to people not fully vaccinated or in possession of a valid vaccination certificate or unvaccinated and not in possession of a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of the gathering.

In terms of international travel, travelers arriving at airports need to produce a valid vaccination certificate if fully vaccinated or, if unvaccinated, a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

The draft amendments point out that the Regulations and Directions will remain in force once the state of disaster is lifted for a period of 30 days whereupon they will lapse.

Comment is invited until 17h00 on 1 April 2022.