When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the end of the National State of Disaster, it left the government with a 30-day transition period in which new regulations around the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country would be published.
This 30-day transition period expired at midnight on Wednesday. The Department of Health (DOH) has announced that some regulations will remain in place. These new regulations are concerned with face masks, gatherings and persons entering the country.
Face Mask Rules
Wearing a face mask is still required for indoor gatherings.
Face masks are compulsory when using public transport.
Gatherings are defined as a planned assembly or meetings at a particular venue involving more than one hundred people.
Indoor and outdoor gatherings are allowed a maximum of 50% of the venue capacity may be occupied.
This is provided that every person attending the event is vaccinated against Covid-19 and can produce a valid vaccination certificate. Alternatively, attendees may produce a negative Covid-19 test no older than 72 hours.
All international travellers arriving in South Africa must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and produce a valid vaccination certificate. Alternatively they may produce a valid negative PCR Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours before the date of departure.
The DOH revealed that the vaccination or testing requirement is not applicable to travellers who are under the age of 12 years and daily commuters from neighbouring countries.
Travellers also have the option of producing a valid negative antigen Covid-19 test result performed by a medical practitioner, registered public health authority or accredited/approved laboratory obtained not older than 48 hours before the date of departure.
The DOH added, “If the person tests positive for Covid-19 in the antigen test, the traveller will still be admitted into the country but, if the traveller is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, they must self-isolate a period of ten days after admission into South Africa.
Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla also announced a three-month extension on Covid-19 regulation public comments.
Members of the public may provide comments on the proposed regulations which will be introduced by the government to manage the pandemic. The new closing date for submission of comments is 5 July 2022.