Do I have to wear a face mask while in public?

During his national address on the 12th of July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a variety of changes to COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations - one of which was the matter surrounding the use of a protective face mask while in public.

This was discussed and a new set of rules was put in place effective immediately.


 So, do you need to wear a face mask while out in public?


The answer is yes - it is now mandatory for every person to wear a facemask (or anything that effectively covers the nose and mouth) while in a public space. However, this rule excludes people who partake in "vigorous" exercise while in public on the condition that social distancing measures of at least three metres from any other person are adhered to.


No person will be allowed to-

  • use, operate, perform any service on any form of public transport;
  • enter or be in a building, place or premises, including government buildings, places or premises, used by the public to obtain goods or services; or
  • be in any public open space,

if he or she is not wearing a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth.


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What is the penalty for not wearing a mask in public?


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