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SAPS on COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Regulations

June 1, 2020

South African Police Service

All gatherings are prohibited except for a gathering at a faith-based institution.

The South African Police Service confirmed this in a statement following a justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing on the enforcement of Coronavirus COVID-19 Alert Level 3 regulations.

Gatherings at faith-based institutions are limited to 50 persons or less, depending on the size of the place of worship, provided that all health protocols and social distancing measures are being adhered to.

Other measures for Level 3 highlighted in the statement include:

• Movements of persons between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts and hotspots is prohibited except for persons doing so in the course of carrying out work responsibility or performing any service permitted under Alert Level 3, provided that such person is in possession of permit issued by the employer.
• Persons travelling for purposes of moving to a new place of residence or caring for an immediate family member, attendance of funerals, transportation of mortal remains, obtaining medical treatment, persons returning to their place of residence from a quarantine or isolation facility will require permits which can be obtainable from the authority concerned.
• Licenced liquor traders will be permitted to sell liquor for consumption off-site – consumption of liquor at the place of sale is prohibited.
• Liquor to be sold only on Monday to Thursday between 09h00 and 17h00. No sale of liquor on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays, and the sale of liquor may be subject to directions issued by the relevant minister.
• Essential services offered by home affairs include registration of births, reissue of birth certificates, late registration of birth (by appointment), marriage services, death certificates, issuing temporary ID certificates, collection of IDs applied for prior to the lockdown, and the issuing of passports only for people involved in the cross border transportation of essential goods and medicines.
• Justice and constitutional development department to issue directives for operations of courts during Level 3 – urgent cases relating to corruption, sexual offences, Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, serious violent crimes, robbery, murder, assault and violation of COVID-19 Regulations to be prioritized. All cases not urgent to be postponed.