After being closed for 3 months due to Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown, businesses such as restaurants, casinos, and cinemas can finally resume trading - albeit under strict conditions.
This comes after Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, signed and gazetted an amendment to the regulations for the advanced COVID-19 alert level 3 lockdown on Thursday.
The regulation states that these services may be offered but only if health protocols and social distancing measures are adhered to at all times.
Further directions will also be issued by the responsible Minister, after consultation with the Minister of Health.
“The regulations are amended and gazetted after the declaration of the national state of disaster, published in Government Gazette No. 43096 of 15 March 2020, and extended by Government Notice No. R. 646 of 5 June 2020, hereby in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002,” said the Ministry.
The amendments expand the sectors that are permitted under level 3. Regulation 33 has been updated to allow movement for the purpose of providing and procuring the services permitted in these regulations.
The Ministry said these amendments are issued in line with the President’s message that the government is implementing the Risk-Adjusted Strategy model in order to balance the overriding objective of saving lives and protecting livelihoods.
Dlamini Zuma urged South Africans to continue to taking caution and protecting themselves and others from avoidable exposure to COVID-19 infection by taking the necessary steps such as washing their hands regularly, practising social distancing, and wearing the necessary safety equipment.